2nd San Jose Nursing Home Resident Dies From Crash

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A 100-year-old woman has died from injuries suffered when a woman crashed her car into a San Jose convalescent home on Saturday morning.

Suzanne Infante was the second resident to die as a result of the crash at Amberwood Gardens in the 1600 block of Peterson Avenue, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

Esther Bocanegra, 88, died Saturday from her injuries.

Infante, Bocanegra and 10 or 12 other residents were in a common room at the home when a 90-year-old visitor parking her car hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, and crashed through a large window, according to San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer.

Seven people were injured and taken to hospitals, Dwyer said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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  1. aneibhet says:

    This is s so sad and disgusting. Why are people over 65 being allowed to drive? This 90 year woman shouldn’t have been driving in the first place. Why? She lost her ability to make judgements and her rationality is impaired due to aging and possibly with the addition of medications she has to take. Elderly people do not belong behind the wheel. Most people should retire their driver’s license at the age when they start to become impaired that would hinder their ability to drive. I don’t approve people to drive long after they turn 66 and its time for the state to take action to start requiring people who turn on their birthday at age 66 to surrender their driver’s license, including their cars and to start taking public transit instead. The less elderly people there are behind the wheels, the better.

  2. Still in my 30's... says:

    Force people to stop driving at 65?!?!!! You have to be kidding me.
    90 I can see. Even some in thier 80’s, but 65!?!? My parents are just recently 60, both working full-time and plan to for at least another 10 years. My dad rides a motorcycle 90% of the time and I doubt he’ll have any reason to stop in 5 years. 65 is not old any more.

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