Elderly Driver Loses License, Given House Arrest For Fatal Accident

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An 81-year-old woman was under house arrest on Friday after a judge revoked her driver’s license after her involuntary manslaughter conviction last year for an accident that left two people dead.

Lillian Paxson, 81, apologized for the first time to the family of Bahar Yaghoubian before leaving court on Thursday after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges related to the accident last January.

Paxson accidentally hit the gas pedal and slammed into Yaghoubian’s car, which in turn hit pedestrian Gustavo Pablo and left both dead.

Despite the apology from Paxson, Yaghoubian’s family was unmoved.

“She killed two people, my beautiful daughter, and she can go change, she can go shopping, she can go [to the] hospital,” said mother
Fariba Yaghoubian. “It means that didn’t see any sign outside to feel that she did something bad.”

Paxson lost her driving privileges for three years, was given six years probation, and was ordered to perform 90 hours of community service and placed under house arrest for 90 days.

Bahar Yaghoubian was a graduate student studying to be a doctor of pharmacology at the University of Southern California at the time of the accident.

The Yaghoubian family established the Bahar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe driving “to help the public better understand how physical and cognitive impairments can jeopardize the safety of everyone on the road”.


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