UPDATE: Woman Drives into Crowd, Injures Dozens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: June 17, 2012

LIMA, Ohio--

Authorities in northwest Ohio say it appears a woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, may have done it accidentally.

Sgt. Jason Garlock of the Lima Police Department said Sunday that every indication is that the 63-year-old woman unintentionally drove her vehicle into the crowd Friday night. About 30 people were injured, and some were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it.

Garlock says the woman was briefly detained was not arrested. She has been released pending further investigation. Police haven't identified her.

No charges have been filed, but Garlock says that could change after witnesses are interviewed and a toxicology report is complete. He says it could take weeks.
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LIMA, Ohio -- June 16, 2012

Hospital officials in northwest Ohio say up to 30 people were injured when a woman suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square. Witnesses say some people were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it.

A spokeswoman for St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima says 28 to 30 people were treated for various injures Friday night. All but four have been released. No one was killed.

At least one other victim was taken to a hospital, and two are in serious but stable condition.

Authorities had said earlier that 20 to 25 people were injured in the accident in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo.

Police say some victims suffered serious injuries to legs, heads and necks.

Police are still investigating.


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