SALEM (CBS) – A woman suffered serious injuries after she was hit by a car driven by an 80-year-old woman in the Walmart parking lot in Salem. Police said the woman who was injured, a Swampscott mother of three, was trapped under a car as she was leaving the store.

Several cars were damaged in the parking lot of the Salem Walmart. (WBZ-TV)

The incident took place around 2 p.m. Salem Police said the elderly driver lost control in the parking lot on Highland Ave.

The woman struck three parked cars. One vehicle in the parking lot had heavy front-end damage while another had its bumper ripped off.

The woman who was injured was putting her children in the car when the crash happened. Firefighters prepared for the worst but were able to use manpower to safely lift the car off her.

A heavily damaged vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart in Salem. (WBZ-TV)

Salem Fire Captain Scott Austin estimates about 50 witnesses watched. “It’s a little nerve-wracking, one working on the patient but knowing you’ve got a ton of people watching you,” Austin said. “But it went well. Guys did great. They kept her calm.”

One of the cars in the parking lot had its rear bumper ripped off. (WBZ-TV)

The elderly woman driving was cited for speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle and police want her license revoked.

Police said the woman was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The woman’s children were not injured.

Comments (2)
  1. Trevor Frith says:

    Another right foot pedal error? In order to get our driver’s license we are forced to brake an electric or automatic vehicle using the right foot braking method. Those in charge of driver legislation and training at the state and federal level have known about the dangerous flaws of this method for years. NHTSA, GHSA and TRB produced reports DOT HS 811 597, 812 058 and 812 431 (spaces required). These reports showed that right foot pedal errors (pedal misapplication) occurs 40,000 times per day by drivers of all ages and gender but especially for women drivers, which they blamed for most of the crashes. But for some unknown reason which no one in charge wants to talk about, no more research has been done. One would have expected that instead of just continuing to blame female drivers they might have asked themselves two basic questions:
    1. Is it possible to develop a braking method that would be more suitable for female drivers (and male drivers if they would admit it), which would prevent these crashes?
    2. Do we actually have any scientific justification for teaching the right foot braking method?
    The answer to point one is YES and the answer to point 2 is NO!
    Turns out there is no scientific justification for teaching the right foot braking method which is too complicated and difficult to mentally retain with age, inefficient (poor reaction and stopping distances) and even more dangerous (susceptible to pedal misapplication) compared to the simpler, more efficient and safer left foot braking method. Deaths to date, 150,000 (19 every day!) pedestrians (in and out of buildings) and cyclists. This is not about which braking method is safer but why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods. Apparently ME TOO is not the only victim of a male systemic belief! ‘That’s the way it’s always been taught is not a scientific justification’!

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