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Elderly driver cited after fatal backing accident

BRADENTON — A 79-year-old woman who killed three people and injured four others in a parking lot accident has been cited for improper backing.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported on Wednesday that Doreene Landstra of Palmetto must appear in court next month. Florida law requires a hearing for any noncriminal infraction that results in a fatal accident.

The accident happened Sunday at a mobile home community called Sugar Creek Country Club. Residents had gathered for church services inside a clubhouse building.

An accident report says Landstra backed out of a parking spot, pulled her 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe forward and needed more room to clear another parked vehicle. At that point, Landstra's SUV began backing up again and struck seven people. The report doesn't make clear why she failed to stop before hitting people.

Elderly driver cited after fatal backing accident 02/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:50am]
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