Chiba cops: Elderly male driver hits, seriously injures wife

An elderly male driver hit his wife after mistaking the accelerator for the brake (TV Asahi)
An elderly male driver hit his wife after mistaking the accelerator for the brake in a parking lot in Matsudo City (TV Asahi)

CHIBA (TR) – An elderly male driver struck and seriously injured his wife after mistaking the accelerator for the brake in Matsudo City, police said on Friday.

The 77-year-old man was reversing his car at a supermarket parking lot when he suddenly accelerated into his 75-year-old wife who was guiding him at around 10 a.m. on Thursday, TV Asahi reports (Feb. 3).

The man then crashed into a parked car, police said. A worker at the supermarket told officers a “car crashed into both a person and a car.”

The woman was rushed to a hospital in an unconscious state with serious injuries including a strong blow to her head, police said.

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