Driver Faces Citation In Fatal Accident

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

News ReleaseL Associated Press News

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- A 79-year-old woman who killed three people and injured four others in a parking lot accident has been cited with 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 non-criminal infraction that results in a fatal crash.

The accident happened Sunday at a mobile home community called the Sugar Creek Country Club, about 45 miles south of Tampa. 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 SUV 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.

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