ORANGE (CBS) — A 90-year-old Orange County woman, who had been asked by her son to give up her driver’s license, ran over a family of three Tuesday in Fullerton.

“When I saw the little boy on the floor, he was screaming so bad,” a witness said.

A mother, her 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son were walking home from school in the middle of a cross walk when Florence Goheen plowed into them.

Goheen continued to drive up the street before plowing into a palm tree.

The accident happened in at the corner of Rolling and Puente just after 3:30 p.m.

“It’s devastating,” said neighbor Mary Reece, who called 911.

“She was awake, but she wasn’t, she appeared confused,” said Reece, who waited with Goheen until paramedics arrived.

She said Goheen asked her if she hurt anyone.

Goheen’s son John, 63, said that she did not have any health challenges and was not on any medication.

“She has a problem walking, because of a problem with a broken hip,” John said, adding that he did have concerns about his mother’s driving.

“Every time, every day for the last 10 years,” he said.

Goheen remained in the hospital Tuesday night listed in critical condition.

The three family members were in stable condition.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Comments (9)
  1. Old People says:

    People that old should not be driving.

  2. Young people says:

    maybe if you could have come forward with this gem of wisdom earlier no one would have been hurt.

  3. Hex the Italian says:

    Maybe taking the car away instead of her license would have been a wiser choice…. Just Sayin…

  4. Christina39 says:

    I took my mother’s keys away when she backed into a parked car and told the DMV to take her license away for her sake and the sake of others.They did! She was 87.

  5. Sad says:

    “The cause of the accident was not immediately known”….I think there was an interface problem between the seat, the break pedal and the steering wheel.

    1. FidelityBraveryIntegrity AKA Okami says:


  6. Phoebe says:

    I’m sure the family that was hit won’t sue. . .

    1. Dan says:

      What would you have them do? The medical bills so far are almost $100,000.

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