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July 30, 2003 | Allison Hoffman, Times Staff Writer
Tony Moreno tends memories. For the last two weeks, since George Russell Weller's maroon Buick charged through the crowded Santa Monica Farmers' Market, killing 10 people and wounding scores of others, Moreno has cared for the spontaneous memorial at the crash site. "I put things in order," Moreno said early Tuesday, as he righted a ceramic angel and propped up a sagging cardboard placard with photographs of the victims.
September 30, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
George Russell Weller showed the classic symptoms of pedal error and panic when he drove through an open-air market in Santa Monica three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring more than 60, jurors were told Friday. During testimony in Weller's manslaughter trial, Richard Schmidt, a professor of psychology specializing in motor function and control, used basketball star Shaquille O'Neal's notorious inability to shoot free throws to explain part of the incident.
October 22, 2006 | Steve Hymon and Jean Merl, Times Staff Writers
They squeezed cantaloupes, bought apples and sipped coffee -- like patrons and vendors always do Saturday mornings at the popular Santa Monica Farmers' Market. But just beneath the surface of their banter, many were quick to express strong opinions about the conviction of 89-year-old George Russell Weller, who killed 10 people when he plowed his Buick through the market three years ago.
January 17, 2004
I read "He May Be Responsible but He's Not Guilty," by Robert Bones (Commentary, Jan. 11), with interest. This case is reminiscent of a case I was involved in some years ago. I am a police sergeant in a suburban city. An elderly woman was driving her car and ran a red light. In the ensuing accident, her passenger and lifelong friend was killed. The woman driving was distraught beyond words. It was clearly a case of manslaughter, but would justice and the community be served by prosecuting this elderly woman?
September 27, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Hours before he ran down dozens of pedestrians at a farmers market, George Russell Weller drove erratically on a nearby street, switching lanes without warning, slowing and speeding up and stopping suddenly, a witness testified Tuesday. A researcher for the Rand Corp. said Weller cut him off and then tried to block an attempt to pass. "I tried to pass him," said David Eisenman, who was driving to work in Santa Monica at midmorning July 16, 2003. "I didn't want to be behind him."
October 21, 2006 | John Spano and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
Rejecting the portrait of an old man who made a tragic mistake in his maroon Buick, a jury Friday found George Russell Weller guilty of felony manslaughter for running down and killing 10 people at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in a case that set off a debate about licensing older drivers. Weller, 89, was allowed to miss the trial because he is ailing, and he was not in Los Angeles County Superior Court when the verdict was read. He could be sentenced to 18 years in prison.
July 21, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Jia-Rui Chong and Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writers
During a day of anguished services filled with prayers for victims and the driver in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market tragedy, the 86-year-old man who was behind the wheel issued his first public statement Sunday, calling what happened a "devastating accident." "There are no words to express the feelings my family and I have for those who suffered loss and pain ... " said George Russell Weller, in a statement read by his pastor, the Rev. Stephen C. Lien of Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
December 18, 2003 | Anna Gorman and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
George Russell Weller should be prosecuted for manslaughter for running down and killing 10 people when he sped through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market in July, the city's police chief said Wednesday. "He was at best negligent in his operation of a motor vehicle," Santa Monica Police Chief James Butts said, announcing the conclusion of a lengthy investigation into the tragedy.
September 13, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
George Russell Weller sat in a wheelchair Tuesday, wearing a loosely knotted tie, and looked up at a huge projection of his car after he had driven through an open-air market three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring more than 60. One dead man was draped across the hood while another victim lay under the front wheels.
July 18, 2003 | Henry Weinstein, Doug Smith and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
An elderly driver was apparently set on his deadly course through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market by a collision with another car, police and an eyewitness said Thursday as new evidence emerged in the investigation into the tragedy. A 7-month-old boy became the 10th victim to die.
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