Elderly Woman’S Car Strikes Man, Two Vehicles, At Walgreens

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A 96-year-old woman ran over a man Monday afternoon on the front steps of Walgreens, nearly driving her car through the front doors of the pharmacy, police say.

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A car driven by Marjorie Koss, 96, ran over a Ted Durst and struck two other vehicles Monday afternoon at about 3 p.m. Durst was airlifted to a Scottsdale hospital in serious, but not life-threatening condition.

Marjorie Koss was reportedly backing out of a handicap spot around 3 p.m. when she struck a vehicle behind her. Spooked, Koss put the car in drive and hit the gas pedal, sending the car shooting forward, over a sidewalk and past the pharmacy’s front doors.

Koss’ older model white Ford Taurus clipped the side of the building and struck Ted Durst as he walked out of the pharmacy’s front doors.

Durst was knocked to the ground. The Taurus continued across the sidewalk, striking the front left fender of a gray Toyota Highlander, said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

When the Taurus finally came to a rest, the right rear and front bumpers were smashed in and a pool of blood lay underneath.

Native Air airlifted Durst to a Scottsdale hospital in serious, but not life-threatening condition, Engler said.

Witnesses called police reporting Koss’ vehicle “went crazy in the parking lot,” said Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi.

As police interviewed witnesses, Koss sat in the passenger seat of the Taurus, peering out the window, a handicap parking tag hanging from the rear view window.

Initially, Koss refused medical treatment, but at the Payson Police station, Koss complained of head injuries and paramedics were called in.

Police are forwarding a copy of the report to the county attorney’s office for review of criminal charges. So far, Koss has not been charged, Engler said.

Comments

Pat Randall 3 years, 2 months ago

Maybe MVD should have criminal charges against them. Giving a 96 yr old woman a drivers license. I am 74 and I believe the cut off for drivers should be 80 yrs old. Some sooner if they have a medical condition. That is a question on the application.

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Dan Haapala 3 years, 2 months ago

Oh Pat, how I hate to agree with you on this one. I spent my entire life with cars as the primary focus of my freedom. I know the day is coming when that will end and I hate the thought. When DMV issued the forever stamps my thought was 'hey that's cool' but now I realize they shouldn't have stopped the licensing process by checking on driver's abilities. In my opinion, A driver should be reviewed every four years as a minimum until age 60. From 60 on an eye test if there are no tickets, but if there are citations, a written test to see if they understand the ever changing laws. By age 70 a reaction and driving test should be required every year. Trust me this breaks my heart to even suggest it but reality is what reality is.

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