The stories are similar across the country, but the most
disastrous accident involving an elderly man took place in
California in 2003. George Weller made a deadly mistake when
he became confused while driving in Santa Monica, California. Instead of pushing the brake, George Weller hit the accelerator,
and when he “regained his composure, 10 people were dead, [and] 63 people were injured, with one body at the edge of his tires, which the prosecutor referred to as ‘a human brake.’” Not only did Mr. Weller jump a curb into a Santa Monica farmers market, but when his car finally came to a stop, he had traveled three hundred yards at the speed of forty to sixty miles per hour. Mr. Weller was later convicted of ten counts of vehicular manslaughter.