FOX 66 News at Ten
79-year-old Florida woman backed over seven pedestrians Sunday morning while
backing out of a handicapped space in a church parking lot, killing three
people, police say.
Landstra was backing out of a space in the parking lot of a 55-and-older mobile
home community in East Bradenton when she lost control of her SUV, striking the
pedestrians and crashing over a curb before coming to rest partially submerged
in a creek.
Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Gregory Bueno tells CNN charges are pending as the
a former choir director in the Bradenton community, according to CNN affiliate
Bay News 9, was leaving church when, according to witnesses, she appeared to
think she put her Chevrolet SUV in drive but instead shifted into reverse.
to Bueno, three Bradenton residents -- Johanna Dijkhoff, 80, Wilhemina Paul, 70
and Margaret Vanderlaan, 72 -- died as a result of their injuries. Four others
sustained serious injuries and were taken to an area hospital. One has since
been released, Bueno said.
Jan Verstveg told Bay News 9 that he watched Landstra reverse into the crowd.
Landstra told witnesses "somehow the pedal got stuck" and that
"it was all a terrible accident," Verstveg recalled. Some witnesses
told Bay News 9 they "heard screams."
87-year-old husband was in the car with her. Neither sustained injuries.
Landstra was interviewed by investigators at the scene and then left with her
family, according to Bay News 9.
declined to provide CNN with details regarding Landstra's condition at the time
of the crash and was unable to speculate on possible charges she may face. The
Florida Highway Patrol said in a report that the accident was not alcohol
Wednesday, February 5 2014, 02:09 PM EST
National News Headlines
|Accused gunman in Texas shooting had been target of FBI probe but faced only minor charge|
|In 2010, authorities arrested Elton Simpson, one of the two suspected gunmen in a weekend shooting outside a contest in Texas featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.|
|Attorneys to make closing arguments in manslaughter trial of Cleveland police officer|
|Attorneys are scheduled to give closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of a Cleveland patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.|
|Gunfire interrupts bike ride of Wisconsin family that loved outdoors; 4 dead including shooter|
|The Stoffel family set out on a bike ride on a beautiful spring evening, the young Wisconsin couple and their three children pedaling across a bridge they had ridden before.|
|Boston Marathon bomber wipes away tears as his Russian aunt breaks down on the witness stand|
|For the first time since his trial began four months ago, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and showed emotion as his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably and had to leave the witness stand.|
|NYPD officer shot in the head dies; 'Exceptional' young man was building a promising career|
|Officer Brian Moore had already started carving out a promising career for himself at the New York Police Department.|
|Jurors get 1st look at video of theater shooter asking police if any children were hurt|
|Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have gotten their first look at a video of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?" The video was played in court Monday.|
|Irish nanny charged in 2013 death of Massachusetts baby in her care seeks provisional release|
|An Irish nanny accused of killing a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl in her care two years ago is asking a judge to release her while authorities review medical evidence in the case.|
|'It's time to roll': Suspected Texas shooter had been monitored by FBI since 2006|
|The FBI had been investigating one of the men suspected of shooting a security guard protecting an event featuring cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad for nearly a decade, it was revealed Monday as investigators attempted to determine whether the attack was directed by any overseas terror groups.|
|Woman harassed after court lists wrong address for officer charged in Freddie Gray case|
|A woman whose address was listed in public court records as that of a police officer charged in the Freddie Gray case has been harassed by phone calls from bail bondsmen and visits from journalists to her home, her lawyer said Monday.|
|Woman seeking man she kissed at marathon hears from his wife|
|A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife.|