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Local Woman Killed When Driver Hits Gas Pedal Instead of Brake

A driver fatally struck a woman in Spring Valley.

A 45-year-old woman was fatally injured Monday when a motorist stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake and ran her over in the drive-thru at a Spring Valley dry cleaning business, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Pamela LeBlanc was walking out of the business at Campo Road and Bonita Street shortly before 11 a.m. as a 22-year-old woman was pulling into the drive- thru, which is adjacent the front door, according to CHP Officer Brian Pennings.

The driver saw the woman but inadvertently stepped on the gas instead of the brake, he said. After the car struck the woman, the motorist applied the brake, which caused the car to stop on top of her, Pennings said.

Bystanders jacked up the car and pulled the woman out from underneath, but she died at a hospital, Pennings said.

There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, according to Pennings, who did not release the driver's name.

Pennings said an investigation would be conducted to determine if the motorist —identified by U-T San Diego as Allison Mulligan—would be cited or arrested.

-City News Service

Village Creative August 28, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The headline's backwards... should read: Local Woman Killed When Driver Hits Gas Pedal Instead of Brake
vernon archer August 31, 2012 at 07:37 PM
How many more times does this have to happen before people realize that driving with one foot is just flatout wrong ? I learned to drive as a teenager with two feet and have always wondered why in the world anyone do otherwise. It's time for the authorities to change this and come out and say this is a dangerous way to drive.I worry every time I go out in public that one these people are going to get confused and run me over. There's no confusion with "left foot brake-right foot gas" lets fix this before anymore innocent people are killed.
Lamesn619 September 01, 2012 at 04:44 AM
She was Probably in a hurry to get to Sarita's Taco shop. The women probably step out in front o her, as indication to slow down. and the rest is History
ConcernedCitizen September 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Vernon Archer, you are insanely incorrect. You have no control of your vehicle and constantly wear down your brakes and brake lights. Driving with two feet is the most absurd rebuttal to this untimely accidental death. Be careful what you post - you may have your license revoked if the CHP ever trolls this website. Vernon, get off the road before you cause of the next accident. Wow!

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