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Elderly Man Involved in Mayville Parking Lot Incident Will Not Be Cited

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The driver seen in surveillance video running into nine other cars in a parking lot won’t be cited according to police.

Authorities said the situation was considered an accident and not a medical emergency.

“I can tell you in 23 years of law enforcement, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Mayville Police Chief Christopher MacNeill said.

MacNeill said that he was surprised no one was hurt in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot Friday afternoon.

“My first thought was, ‘You only see these situations when someone is trying to elude police or in incidents of road rage,’” MacNeill said.

Quite the opposite played out and it all started when Russell Kerr, 92, pulled out of his parking spot.

“His foot got stuck on the accelerator, and from that point, he panicked and lost control of his vehicle,” MacNeill said.

A total of nine cars were struck in less than a minute, two of which were occupied.

Donald Gourlie’s car was one of the cars hit. He found Kerr’s vehicle up against his when he left the grocery store.

“What are you going to do? There isn’t much you can say. It just happens. I was just glad no one got hurt,” Gourlie said.

Gourlie doesn’t regret being at the grocery store. He said he was buying a Valentine’s Day card for his wife of 58 years.

“I wrote, ‘I love you’ on the bottom. ‘P.S. Sorry about your car,’” Gourlie said.

He has a sense of humor as he waits to see if insurance will cover the $2,400 worth of damage.

Police at the moment do not have the power to confiscate Kerr’s license, but the accident report is being sent to the Department of Motor Vehicle, who will determine if Kerr should be retested.

According to the Wisconsin DMV, most elderly drivers in the state who renew their driver’s license in person will be asked to take a basic vision test.

The DMV’s vision standard is 20-100 or better in at least one eye, which means the driver can see at 20 feet what someone with perfect vision can see 100 feet away.

There’s also at least a 20-degree horizontal field of vision required.

If found necessary, the DMV may also ask you to submit a medical examination report to determine if you have any medical conditions that might interfere with driving.

Source:
ABC WISN

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