A man and a woman were seriously injured when a vehicle accidentally pinned them against an elevator in a downtown Santa Monica parking structure Aug. 16, police said.
The incident occurred at about 12:40 p.m. in Parking Structure 7 in the 1500 block of Fourth Street, where a woman pulled her car up to retrieve a ticket from the booth.
As the driver attempted to reach back to retrieve a ticket, her foot apparently came off the brake, causing the vehicle to roll forward, Santa Monica police Lt. Richard Lewis said.
The woman told police that she tried to reapply the brake and inadvertently stepped on the accelerator instead, accelerating into the parking garage towards a ground floor elevator, Lewis said.
A 67-year-old man and 24-year-old woman who were standing with family members were not able to move before being struck by the oncoming vehicle, Lewis said. The victims
suffered critical injuries to their legs after being pinned against the elevator and adjacent wall, and the woman also suffered a head injury, he added.
Both were transported to a local trauma center for treatment of their injuries.
The driver, who was cooperative with the police investigation, suffered moderate injuries as a result of the collision, Lewis said.
The cause of the accident was under investigation.