Out-of-Control Driver Hits 13 Cars in Downtown Rochester Parking Lot

No one was injured in the Thursday afternoon incident.

An 86-year-old Rochester man backing out of a downtown parking lot on Thursday afternoon lost control of his vehicle and ran into 13 parked cars, police say.

Only one of the cars was occupied at the time, and no one was injured, according to Chief Steve Schettenhelm.

The incident happened behind Main Street Plaza on the east side of Main Street. Schettenhelm said the vehicle responsible for the accident traveled, in reverse, north in the lot, striking the 13 cars. 

The driver was evaluated by the at the scene and transported to .

The vehicle then made a U-shape turn and entered into the alley, where it stopped.

Schettenhelm said alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but that his department is still investigating the incident and trying to determine whether a medical condition caused the man to lose control.

Witnesses posting comments about the accident on the Rochester Patch Facebook page said the man looked "scared" and "confused."

Marc July 06, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Four senior citizens were having their morning coffee at Starbucks. They were all complaining about getting older. The first stated that his eyes were getting so bad he could not read the writing on his coffee cup. The second stated that his knees hurt so much he could barely flex them. The third stated his arthritis in his arms was so bad he could barely pick the coffee cup up off the table. The fourth stated that his hearing was so poor he couldn't hear the previous three complaining. All of them agreed it was great that they could still drive...
Peter Griffin July 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
ahhhhhh --- i'm so confused --- ahhhhhhhhhh -- what happened??
Peter Griffin July 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
"Older drivers are actually one of the safest groups on the road." --- seriously? I know this is an old article, but I cannot stand the way everyone comes to the defense of some old driver who got "confused". This happened at the coffee shop in downtown Rochester a few years ago (University and Main on the north/west corner). Some old driver (80+ yrs old) got "confused" when going into the carwash at the gas station across the street. He somehow put the car in reverse and floored the accelerator pedal and went across all lanes on University and crashed into the coffee shop around 7 - 8pm. Thankfully no one was killed, but he caused a lot of damage. Yeah....older drivers are the safest group...right. This happens every month when someone who is too old to drive gets "confused" and causes a wreck (not an accident). Please confine the elderly to their home and take away their keys. If they need to go someplace, they can walk, drive a rascal, take a bus, take a taxi, have their kids drive them, have their grandkids drive them, have their great grandkids drive them, etc.
Peter Griffin July 13, 2012 at 05:41 PM
13 cars wrecked by one person --- THIRTEEN!!!!!!! Who wrecks 13 cars in one swoop?
Ron Harmman November 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Some of these comments are hilarious!


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