An 84-year-old woman, who inadvertently overdosed on sleeping pills while driving, hit three cars and at one point veered into oncoming traffic June 14.
The Marina del Rey resident, who authorities did not identify, left her dentist’s office and proceeded north on Sepulveda Boulevard into Manhattan Beach. The woman had previously been prescribed medicine to fight an oral infection, so she brought what she thought was the antibiotic with her to the dentist’s appointment, not knowing she had accidentally grabbed a bottle of sleeping pills. When she left the dentist’s office, she unknowingly took the pills thinking they were the antibiotics before driving off in her Toyota Camry.
“It kicked in when she got into our city,” said Manhattan Beach Police Traffic Sgt. Mark Mason.
Near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Longfellow Avenue around 2:40 p.m., the woman rear-ended the car in front of her and veered over into oncoming traffic. She crossed back over into the northbound lanes and rear-ended another vehicle in the 1700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard. She then reversed and backed into another car.
By that point, Mason said, bystanders stopped her and helped her out of the car.
“She doesn’t recall the incident,” Mason said. “She was basically out of it.”
There were no reported injuries and the cars involved sustained minor damage. She was traveling around 15 mph. Though she was not arrested, Mason said technically she could be charged with driving under the influence, since she did oversedate herself.