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Elderly driver kills one, injures six in nursing home crash

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A 90-year-old woman accidentally plowed her car into a San Jose nursing home Saturday morning, killing one and injuring six others.

The driver was parking her car for a visit with a family member at the Amberwood Gardens Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center when the she somehow managed to drive over a concrete block, between two trees, eventually crashing into the facility’s exercise room at about 9:45 a.m.

“She probably mistook the gas pedal for the brake,” San Jose Police Spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer told the San Jose Mercury News.

Police are not identifying the driver or the victims until notification of next of kin. The victim who was killed after being struck by the car was an 89-year-old woman.

Another patient was seriously injured, while five other people, including a staff member, suffered minor injuries. All are expected to survive. A mangled wheelchair was among the wreckage.

Amberwood Director Stephen Hooker told the Mercury News that most of the people in the room at the time of the crash suffer from dementia.

Elvis Presley music and a visit by Daisy the dog, Amberwood's pet therapist, helped calm residents down and a psychologist will be brought in on Sunday to help them cope with the aftermath.

The driver has not been charged with a crime and police consider the incident to be a tragic accident.

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