Elderly driver hits pedestrians at DDS office

Two pedestrians and this wooden wheelchair ramp at the Georgia Department of Driver Services office in Fayette County were struck Tuesday when an elderly man pressed the wrong pedal while parking his car. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Two pedestrians and this wooden wheelchair ramp at the Georgia Department of Driver Services office in Fayette County were struck Tuesday when an elderly man pressed the wrong pedal while parking his car. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

An unfortunate stomp on the wrong pedal Tuesday afternoon sent a vehicle lunging into pedestrians at the Georgia Department of Driver Services’ location on McDonough Road in eastern Fayette County.

According to Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Allen Stevens, an elderly man was parking at the DDS office and “accelerated instead of braking, causing his vehicle to leave the parking space and strike two people standing under a covered shed.”

Stevens said the vehicle also struck and damaged the large wheelchair ramp attached to the back of the building. He said the people hit by the elderly man’s vehicle were transported to a medical facility with non life-threatening injuries.

“No charges will be filed on the driver,” Stevens said.

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Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.


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