May 2, 2011 - La Mesa, Calif. - A single-vehicle car accident at an intersection in La Mesa on Monday, April 25, claimed the life of 92-year-old Berniece Elizabeth Mosley, 10News.com has reported.
The woman, who had resided in San Diego, was in the passenger seat of a 1998 Honda Accord driven by her husband, also 92. The car veered over into someone's yard at Broadmoor Place and Broadmoor Drive in La Mesa, police said. The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m.
Matt Nicholass, a lieutenant with La Mesa police, told Channel 10 news that the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle as it came down a hill and then ran over a lawn and whipped around.
The car then accelerated in reverse as Mosley's husband tried to back away, said Dan Willis, a police lieutenant. Next, the Honda lurched forward, veered around, and careened backward. The impact tossed Mosley from the vehicle, which ran over her.
Mosley was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband did not suffer any injuries.
Investigators are trying to determine whether there was a mechanical problem or medical crisis that led to the fatal La Mesa accident.
Jane Goodrich, the couple's friend, told the news station that the couple had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She was outgoing, and he was more subdued, she said.
"I can't believe it," Goodrich said of the fatal accident.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 3,081 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.
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