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Older driver at center of yet another accident in San Diego

A terrible car accident in San Diego has left numerous people with very serious injuries. The wreck started because the driver of a Lexus lost control, sending the vehicle careening into multiple objects along the side of the road. Eventually the vehicle ran through a red light and slammed into the side of another vehicle carrying a family.

The driver of the Lexus was in her 60s and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The family in the other car, though, wasn't so lucky. While everyone is now recovering, the people in the car that was struck suffered serious injuries. At the time of the wreck, they were considered "life-threatening," though it appears things are headed in a positive direction for the injured.

Only a few weeks ago, we wrote a post about an older driver losing control of a vehicle, causing a terrible crash. And yet again we see an older driver here losing control and causing a crash in this instance. Until we know more, it is impossible to say why the crash happened. There could have been a technical malfunction in the Lexus.

But it raises the "older driver" conversation yet again. If it is deemed that this older driver was incapable of operating her vehicle in a safe fashion, then it would mean she shouldn't have been driving in the first place. Would new laws be able to address this issue? Or is that a legal area that lawmakers won't want to go near?

Source: CBS 8, "Family slowly recovering from El Cajon crash," Feb. 22, 2016

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