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Driver, 92, charged in cafe crash

August 19, 2011 9:08:48 AM PDT
Authorities have charged a 92-year-old man after he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Samuel Leighton of Morgan Street in Stamford is charged with reckless endangerment and reckless operation of a vehicle. He surrendered to authorities and later released until a hearing at Stamford Superior Court on September 2, 2011.

His car smashed into Cafe OO La La last week injuring 10 people, including a pregnant woman.

It is believed Leighton mistook the accelerator for the brake as he pulled up to a handicapped parking spot in front of the restaurant.

Only a handful of states require retesting of older drivers and Connecticut is not one of them.


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