Ohio police: Car into crowd appears accidental

Associated Press Modified: June 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm •  Published: June 17, 2012
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LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, likely did so accidentally, authorities in northwest Ohio said Sunday.

All indications are that the 63-year-old woman unintentionally drove her vehicle into the crowd Friday night, Lima police Sgt. Jason Garlock said. About 30 people were injured, and some were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it.

"Every indication is that it was strictly an accident, that it was not intentional," he said. "Things could change, but at this point in the investigation, it's looking like it was strictly an accident."

Garlock said the woman, whom police have not identified, was briefly detained but was not arrested. She was not injured in the crash, and has been released pending further investigation.

No charges have been filed, but that could change after witnesses are interviewed and a toxicology report is completed, said Garlock. He said both could take weeks.

"This could be a time-lengthy investigation. It can take a bit," he said. "They don't want to rush anything."

The chaotic scene happened in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo. More than 1,000 people had gathered for a weekly community event featuring live music when witnesses say the woman plowed her car through a group of people trying to get their last round of beer for the night. About 50 people were in and around its path.



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