WALTHAM (CBS) –Surveillance video captured three people getting plowed over by a minivan on Moody Street in Waltham.

The video, which is tough to watch, shows the car launching into reverse suddenly. Two people are completely run over and underneath the car, a third gets pushed back into a wall.

“It was really scary, it was extremely painful,” witness Terry said. “A life-changing experience,”

Surveillance video of a crash in Waltham (Courtesy Photo)

Police said Saturday, a 60-year-old Weston woman backed her car onto the sidewalk running into a 59-year-old man, a 55-year-old woman, and a 22-year-old man.

All three were taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital and survived with non-life-threatening injuries. Neither of the two people in the car was hurt.

Terry said when he saw the crash he immediately called 911.

He heard “The sound of the pain like a guy screaming, he sounded helpless,” Terry said.

Carmen Santiago was walking with her grandson just a few feet away from the crash.

She said she was scared herself and recalled screaming.

“The guy that was standing here, he bounced back,” Santiago said. “I feel bad for the girl that got trapped under the car.”

Seconds later the car pulls forward uncovering the two people relatively injured on the sidewalk.

The crash remains under investigation. Officials alcohol and speed are not factors.

“That must be a miracle for them not being hurt,” Terry said.

Comments (7)
  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Another right foot pedal error, part of the right foot braking epidemic? But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are a women or old. Never blame the guys in charge of driver legislation and training who set the driver up to fail. They forced this driver to brake an automatic car with only the right foot. They did this knowing they had 0 Scientific Justification and that right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age, inefficient (poor reaction time) and dangerous (subject to right foot pedal error) compared to the simpler and safer (But girly!) left foot braking method. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431. NHTSA refuses to use the term “right foot pedal errors” but instead calls it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the drivers for not being experts. Score to date, 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price male drivers, both in and out of government, are prepared to pay to maintain their systemic belief in a braking method based on the scientific foundation of, “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about which braking method is safer but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods and continue to produce misinformation about other proposed braking methods. Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?

    1. That is quite a crusade you’re on there. I generally agree that “right foot braking is too complicated and difficult to mentally maintain with age”. But realistically, I don’t think you will ever get a an entire industry to change something that has been standard for quite some time. How about something like a bi-annual driver’s test that requires you to prove that you are physically and mentally capable of driving a car for drivers above a certain (statistically determined) age? If you’re mentally incapable of discerning which pedal to hit, you’re probably mentally incapable of a number of other skills or coordinations required to drive safely and I don’t see you advocating changing the standard for those. One example is depth perception and knowing how far other cars, structures, or pedestrians are away from yours. Depth perception can decrease with age.
      “But let’s make sure we blame the driver, especially if they are a women or old.” You can’t deny that the human faculties degrade with age. It is sad, yes, but also a fact of nature.

      I don’t know how much left foot braking you do yourself but unless you have been doing it your whole life, your left leg and foot won’t have the proper muscle memory and sensitivity to brake properly. Left foot braking is useful in rally and racing applications where using the gas and brake at the same time helps reduce turbo lag. But outside of that, I see no scenario in which left foot braking would be more beneficial than right foot braking.

      In a decade or so this conversation would be moot with the advent of self driving cars :)

      I welcome any criticism or discussion you have for me. This is a topic of interest to me.

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