Police are still investigating what caused the New Year’s Eve accident.
A woman lost control of her vehicle and injured fourteen people in a car accident on New Year’s Eve is blaming the incident on a stuck accelerator.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Vivian Edwards of Corona was driving her 2007 Saturn Aura along an exit ramp of the Pechanga Resort and Casino parking garage when she slammed into the back of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Witnesses say she was going approximatley 45 to 50 mph when the collision occurred. The Elantra was pushed out of the way by the impact and the Saturn continued moving, striking a concrete pillar and finally, a golf cart that was carrying seven people.
The golf cart was overturned, leaving the driver and all of the passengers with moderate to serious injuries. The Aura finally came to a stop after going over a curb and striking a landscaping planter. Ms. Edwards, the driver of the Hyndai and three passengers and everyone aboard the golf cart were taken to five area hospitals to receive treatment for their injuries.
Police were unable to verify whether a stuck accelerator contributed to the car accident since the car was disabled. Investigators did say that they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in causing the collision. Ms. Edwards was not arrested and the results of the continuing investigation will determine whether she will face any charges.
Should law enforcement officials that the accident was caused by negligence rather than a vehicle malfunction, Ms. Edwards could potentially face criminal consequences for her actions. In addition, the people she injured may choose to file a civil claim against her to recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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