A 67-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were critically injured Friday when they were struck by a car and pinned against an elevator and adjacent wall inside a parking garage in Santa Monica.
The crash happened around 12:40 p.m. in Parking Structure 7 at 1502 Fourth St., said Santa Monica police Lt. Richard Lewis.
A woman drove into the garage from Broadway and her car slightly overshot the ticket dispenser, Lewis said.
As she reached back for the ticket her foot came off the car's brake. When she attempted to step on the brake again, she accidentally put her foot on the accelerator, he said.
The car slammed into the victims, who were waiting outside an elevator along with some family members, Lewis said.
They ended up pinned against the elevator and an adjacent wall, suffering critical leg injuries. The woman also suffered a head injury, he said.
Both were taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver suffered moderate injuries, Lewis said.
Anyone with information about the crash was urged to contact Santa Monica police Investigator Jason Olson at (310) 458-8954 or Sgt. Philbo Rubish at (310) 458-8950. The department can be reached at all hours at (310) 458- 8495.
-City News Service