80yearold driver accidentally “pressed the accelerator” before hitting five schoolgirls


Liverpool council”s official investigation has blamed driver error for the accident at Belvedere Academy just over a week ago when the out-of-control car careered onto the pavement outside the school in the city’s Toxteth district.

The report said: “An 80-year-old driver lost control of her automatic vehicle which mounted the kerb and drove the length of three coaches on the kerb colliding with school children in the process.

“The car driver pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and travelled over a central island and down the side of three stationary buses.

“The vehicle is funelled by the buses and the wall, and with the vehicle travelling along the kerb and still out of control she collides with the children before coming to a rest.” 

The victims, aged between 11 and 16, were left with broken arms and ankles and facial cuts after being struck by the out-of-control Peugeot.

More than 1,500 people have signed a petition calling for extra safety measures on the road.

The accident investigation report by Andy Barr, the Liverpool City Council’s highways and transport manager, said the accident “looks to be as a result of driver error”.

He added: “At this time the police report states there is no suggestion there are any engineering issues that contributed to this collision.” The driver, who was left shaken by the accident, was not found to have taken any drugs or alcohol.

She has since handed in her driving licence.

“The 80-year-old driver was leaving the exit at the give way junction at Peel Street but was struggling with the view due to parked cars,” the report added.

“The police response is that they were not causing too much of an issue.” The report states that a safety scheme that included building pedestrian islands and widening the footpaths was introduced in 2008.

Previous traffic surveys have found that pedestrian and vehicle movements did not justify further investments.

Accidents statistics show the last accident was in April 2014 when two vehicles collided, resulting in slight injuries.

The news comes as there is a debate about letting old people keep their licences without mandatory retesting and health checks.