Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

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By the edhat staff

On Tuesday afternoon, Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle crashing into a building in the 3800 block of Berwyn Drive in Santa Maria.

Upon arrival, crews discovered a 102-year-old woman was driving her sedan and accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to crash into her garage.

The woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center by a ground ambulance as a precaution.

The garage also sustained minor damage.

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Luvaduck Aug 17, 2022 01:49 PM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

She was living in a house. Many people live alone past 65 ior 70. Some shouldn't be driving because they can't see or hear well or at all which is complicated by slow reaction time. But what's their choice if they still want to get around daily, not just doctor's appointments and aren't MediCal entitled for additional services services dependant on very low income? Stay home alone with no social opportunity at all? Buses don't service many areas of SB, and unincorporated areas. Seniors who used to be middle-class watch their low/no interest bank accounts melt like ice cream during a heat wave. The very things they buy are the ones that have sky-rocketed in price since 2020.

a-1660833093 Aug 18, 2022 07:31 AM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

Between maintenance, registration, insurance, and possible repairs, the cost to keep a car is high, hundreds of dollars a year for an older car and a driver with a good record. There are alternatives. Ride shares and grocery delivery. Senior services and groups, non-profits that help facilitate sharing of services. Yes, elders do need to plan ahead. Yes, more support for isolated people would be good!

fitz Aug 16, 2022 06:01 PM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

My sister is almost legally blind. She was very worried she would not pass the vision test at the DMV. She has zero peripheral vision. She told me she couldn't see anything on her vision test. She winged it. The 'tester' asked her if she could see the 'dots' at the edge. she answered Oh yes. She passed her vision test and got her renewal. i cannot believe she is driving. she cannot believe they let her pass. Something is amiss here. I see people who have severe mobility issues behind the wheel of a car. Mobility should be another test added when renewing a license.

sbres Aug 16, 2022 09:42 PM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

That's surprising because I have a lazy eye and even with a note from my eye doctor (and near perfect vision in one eye) they did not pass me on the eye test and I had to take the actual driving test (which I aced with flying colors). But back on topic......no one should be driving at 102.

ChillinGrillin Aug 16, 2022 04:05 PM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

Older people make a big fuss over taking their licenses away but I've noticed some terrible older drivers lately. A man backing into a parking spot on Mission without looking, almost causing a crash in both lanes. Another backing out of his driveway and freezing, forcing me to slam on my brakes. A woman going 40 on the freeway. It's just a fact that our motor skills and eyesight deteriorate as we age. The DMV needs to come up with a proactive way to evaluate this instead of just reacting when seniors crash.

Basicinfo805 Aug 16, 2022 03:34 PM
Elderly Woman Injured After Crashing into Garage

102, ok that was an accident waiting to happen and hopefully she’s now done driving forever. Crashing into her own house is the best thing that could’ve happened. Thankfully she didn’t take out anyone or anything besides her own property.

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