PALMDALE – A 91-year-old driver escaped with just minor injuries Wednesday after she drove her car over a freeway shoulder and landing upside down in a 99 Cents Only store parking lot.
The accident happened around 11:40 a.m. on Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of the Rancho Vista exit, according to California Highway Patrol officer Gil Hernandez.
He said the woman was driving a 2001 Mercury northbound, in an unknown lane, at about 65 miles per hour.
“For an unknown reason, she made an unsafe turning movement to the right, left the main portion of the freeway and went down the embankment,” Hernandez said.
He said the car struck a chain link fence during the tumble and then landed on its roof.
“Citizens that were in the area heard the collision and went to her rescue,” Hernandez said.
Day laborers, German Mejorada Arrollo and Raul Zavala, said they saw the car fly over the freeway and land upside down.
The men said they first called 9-1-1 and then rushed to help the elderly driver.
“They cut her seat belt off and freed her from the vehicle,” Hernandez said. “They pulled her out and waited for emergency personnel.”
Hernandez said the woman was transferred to Antelope Valley Hospital for minor to moderate injuries, abrasions and complaints of pain, but is expected to recover.