SANTA MONICA ( — Two people were injured Friday after a driver lost control of her vehicle in a Santa Monica parking garage.

The incident happened at Parking Structure 7, which is located at 1502 4th Street, according to Lt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Authorities said the female driver entered the parking structure and pulled just past the ticket booth. When she stopped to reach back to get her ticket, her foot came off the brake, said Lewis.

The driver tried to reapply the brake, but hit the accelerator instead, which caused the vehicle to move towards a ground floor elevator.

A 67-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, who were standing in front of the elevator, were struck by the car.

The victims suffered critical injuries to their legs after being pinned against the elevator and an adjacent wall.

In addition, the young woman suffered a head injury.

The driver, who was also hurt in the accident, has cooperated with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8495.


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