PANORAMA CITY (CBS) — Authorities say an 83-year-old man accidentally crashed his truck into a parking structure wall Friday killing his 80-year-old wife.
Gordon Curry was sitting in his 1995 Ford F-250 truck stopped inside the passenger loading area at Kaiser Permanent Panorama City Hospital just before 2:35 p.m. when his wife, 80-year-old Hanna Curry, got in, Detective James Deaton of the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division said.
“His wife…had just re-entered the truck on the passenger side,” Deaton said. “The truck suddenly accelerated forward out of control, colliding with the open right rear passenger door of a taxi cab.”
The truck continued accelerating and jumped over a raised median, crashing into a small tree before crossing the service entry and colliding with a steel rail fence, Deaton said.
“The truck then collided with a concrete wall of the parking structure coming to rest,” Deaton said. “As a result of the impact, both the driver and his passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment.”
Driver Gordon Curry suffered severe injuries, Deaton said.
Police urged anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Valley Traffic Division officers at (818) 644-8032 or (877) LAPD-24-7.
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