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February 27th, 2014
Chain of wrecks at little H-E-B sends elderly man to Austin hospital


An 86-year old man was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of a grocery store in San Marcos on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

San Marcos police, fire and emergency medical sercices responded to a call at H-E-B, 200 W Hopkins, for a report of an auto-pedestrian accident involving serious injuries at 4:31 p.m.

Initial investigation found the driver, a 93-year old man, had been backing his Chevrolet Tahoe out of a handicapped parking space in front of the store when his foot slipped off of the brake and onto the accelerator. His vehicle sped backwards and to the right and struck a vehicle driving in the parking lot, disabling that vehicle.

The Tahoe continued to travel backwards and struck the victim, who was taking an item out of the trunk of his own car. The Tahoe then hit another parked vehicle, knocking that vehicle into two other parked cars.

The victim was transported by EMS to University Medical Center at Brackenridge in serious condition.

The police department’s Collision Investigation Team is continuing to look into the incident, but police do not expect to charge anyone, city spokesperson Melissa Millecam said.

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