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October 10, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
As jurors begin their first full day of deliberations today in the Santa Monica Farmers' Market trial, they face an unusual twist: Key law enforcement officers testified for the defense of George Weller, the 89-year-old charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 10 shoppers.
September 4, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
George Russell Weller told police he had no idea how the car he was driving accelerated through a crowded farmers market in Santa Monica more than three years ago. Nor, Weller said within an hour of the incident, did he know how his car came to a stop after leaving nearly 1,000 feet of carnage, 10 people dead and more than 60 injuries in its wake.
March 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge Friday refused to dismiss manslaughter charges against an 88-year-old man whose car barreled through a farmers market in Santa Monica, killing 10 people and injuring 63. George Russell Weller stepped on the gas rather than the brake during the July 16, 2003, accident, according to federal safety investigators who ruled out mechanical failure. His attorneys argued Friday that he was not grossly negligent because he panicked.
October 30, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Have you heard the one about the blind man who walked into the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Santa Monica, took an eye test and left with a new driver's license? OK, that's not 100% accurate. He didn't walk out with his new license; it arrived in the mail two weeks later. The man, 72-year-old Mark Overland of Pacific Palisades, is legally blind, with 94% of his vision gone. When Overland first told me about his adventure, he said he didn't want anyone at the DMV to lose a job over this.
July 17, 2003 | Joel Rubin, Daren Briscoe and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
An 86-year-old man drove his car the length of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market early Wednesday afternoon, apparently reaching freeway speeds as he plowed through a crowd of terrified summer shoppers, killing at least nine people, including a 3-year-old girl. More than 50 people were hospitalized, 15 of them with critical injuries, after George Russell Weller of Santa Monica sped for 2 1/2 blocks through a market renowned as one of the region's culinary treasures.
October 26, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
From a balcony above the Santa Monica Farmers' Market, Christopher Crain could see only carnage. More than 20 people sprawled on the ground, some lying in pools of blood. A screaming mother leaning over her infant. Fruit and vegetable stands crumpled and tossed aside. Crain was the first prosecution witness to testify Monday at a court hearing to determine whether George Russell Weller will stand trial for killing 10 people as he drove his Buick LeSabre through the market on July 16, 2003.
July 23, 2003 | Li Fellers, Times Staff Writer
More than 290 witnesses have been interviewed and six search warrants served as the investigation continues into what caused a car to careen through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market last Wednesday, killing 10 people, according to a written statement released by police Tuesday. Investigators are still seeking 43 individuals for interviews and expect the investigation to take six weeks. A post-crash reconstruction of the incident will be conducted by the California Highway Patrol.
September 5, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
A 90-year-old woman who was struck in a Huntington Beach church parking lot by a car driven by an 84-year-old has died, police said Thursday. Kathy Mary Wells of Fountain Valley died Wednesday at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, police said. She and the driver, Katherine Robinson of Huntington Beach, were leaving Saints Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church after Sunday's Mass when the incident occurred, police said.
July 27, 2003
Re "Seniors Aren't the Only Hazardous Drivers on the Road," July 20: Naturally the hue and cry went up after the driving tragedy in Santa Monica: "He was too old. He shouldn't be driving!" There are a lot of drivers in California who are not old but shouldn't be driving! Age cannot be used as the sole gauge of driving ability and proficiency. Bud Yount Santa Ana I would be perfectly willing to support new DMV rules requiring drivers 70 and older to take more frequent vision and/or driving tests if the DMV also were to require drivers of mega-vehicles to undergo additional training before taking to the road in Hummers, Lincoln "Terminators" or Ford F-2250s.
November 4, 2004 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
An 87-year-old man must stand trial for killing 10 people as he drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market last year, a judge ruled Wednesday. George Russell Weller's attorneys argued unsuccessfully that the elderly driver accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake and then went into a "panic" mode that prevented him from being able to stop. But Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Ambrose countered, "He sent 63 people to the hospital and 10 people to the morgue....
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