Eleven people, most of them children, were injured Wednesday afternoon when a 100-year-old man backed his car out of a supermarket parking lot and collided with a group near a school in South Los Angeles.
Two children remained hospitalized, one was listed in critical condition, the other in serious condition.
“I was backing out of the parking lot to go home and lost control. The brakes quit, failed, something,” the driver, who was identified as Preston Carter, told reporters on the scene. “I’m sorry.”
Witnesses say they banged on the man’s windows and yelled to try to get him to stop.
A woman says she was carrying her 1-year-old daughter when she was hit.
Fearing her baby would get trapped under the car, the woman says she threw her in the air.
Both were briefly hospitalized.
When asked his age by a reporter, Carter said he was 101 years old.
Carter then said he was born in September 1911, making him 100. Carter said he was unhurt.
He was not given a ticket at the scene, and added that his license was set to expire September 5th.
“It was not on purpose, because I love everybody,” Carter said. “I put God first.”
His daugther, Rose Jenkins, said that she had wanted Carter to stop driving for the past year.
“I think this is a wakeup call for him and I don’t think he will be driving any more,” Jenkins said.