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Update: Car driven by 100-year-old backs into crowd outside South LA school, injures 11

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A car hopped a curb near a South Los Angeles school just after classes let out Wednesday. Several people were injured.

Eleven people were injured — including two adults and nine children — when a car driven by a 100-year-old driver jumped the curb and backed into a crowd outside Main Street Elementary School in South L.A.

Four of the children were reported to be in serious condition, says Erik Scott of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. All those with injuries have been transported to area hospitals.

NBCLA spoke to the driver's daughter.

Driver Preston Carter reportedly jumped out of the car and declared he was "over 100" just moments after the crash. Carter is still being investigated at the scene.

One child was trapped under the front of the car and was rescued by four male bystanders who rushed to the vehicle, lifted it and pulled the child out, witnesses told KPCC.

According to Scott, the incident took place at 2:30 p.m. on the corner of 51st and Main streets. The accident occurred near a parking lot of a Food 4 Less store.

"I was backing out of the parking lot to go home and lost control," NBC-LA says the driver told media. "I'm sorry."

The car backed into an area where vendors had set up after school. Shoes and backpacks were visible on the ground after the incident.

The Facebook page for LAUSD says that all of the people injured were transported to hospitals in stable condition.

A similar accident nine years ago involved an elderly driver whose can ran into and killed 10 pedestrians and injured 63 at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. It sparked a national debate on how late in life it's safe for people to get behind the wheel of a car. The city of Santa Monica paid $21 million in settlements in the dozens of civil lawsuits that resulted.

The DMV says it may ask drivers older than 70 to take a supplemental driving performance evaluation if they don’t meet minimum vision requirements - or if a driving safety office refers them because of a physical or mental condition. 

Correction: Earlier versions of this story have said the driver was 101. He is actually 100, but turns 101 in a week.

This story was updated at 5:29 p.m. with more details of those injured and the driver and at midnight with more background information.

With contributions by Paige Osburn

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