84-year-old learner driver accidentally runs over and kills his wife

By Lindsay de Freitas
08 June 2015

An 84-year old learner drive accidentally ran over and killed his wife after she got out of the car to check the brake lights.

An 84-year old learner driver accidentally ran over and killed his wife after she got out of the car to check the brake lights.

Thomas Maycroft claims that he accidentally pushed the accelerator pedal when he meant to hit the brake, ramming the car into his wife who was behind the vehicle.

Thomas only had a learner’s license at the time of the incident and had never before used the Peugeot, which his wife, Maureen (69) used regularly. He says his wife was about to leave for her weekly shopping trip before the tragic accident.

"She asked me to get in the car so she could see if the rear brake lights worked….I did not know where the pedals were in the car. I put my foot down to where I thought the brake pedal was, then the car went backwards, fairly fast.”

Maureen then "flew" backwards and was dragged under the car, which was in reverse, until it came to a stop outside a neighbours shed near their home in Norfolk, UK.

The neighbour who was watching television at the time was distracted by screams from outside.

"A woman was screaming 'Get it off me'. The car had reversed through the fence into my back garden and collided with my shed.”

The woman was treated by paramedics but died soon afterwards, the cause of death was determined as brain injury due to cardiac arrest caused by trauma.

Sources: Mirror.co.uk

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