Santa Monica Farmers Market crash Photo

Santa Monica Farmers Market crash

Born: Dec 7, 1916

Death: Dec 9, 2010

Birthplace: Santa Monica

Nationality: United States

Santa Monica Farmers Market crash

Date of Birth : Dec 7, 1916
Date of Death : Dec 9, 2010
Birth Place : Santa Monica

On the afternoon of July 16, 2003, George Weller, then age 86, drove his 1992 Buick LeSabre westbound down Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, California toward the city's popular Third Street Promenade. The last few blocks of the street, before it ends at the ocean, had been closed to vehicle traffic for the biweekly farmers' market. Weller's car struck a 2003 Mercedes-Benz S430 sedan that had stopped to allow pedestrians through a crosswalk, then accelerated around a road closure sign, crashed through wooden sawhorses, and plowed through the busy marketplace crowd, traveling nearly 1,000 feet at speeds between 40 and 60 mph. The entire sequence of collisions took at least 10 seconds. By the time the car came to a halt, ten people had been killed and 63 were injured. Weller told investigators he had accidentally placed his foot on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, then tried to brake but could not stop. Days after the crash, Weller issued a statement saying he was distraught and heartbroken, and his attorney called it an accident. The crash fueled a national debate in the United States on safety risks posed by elderly drivers.

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