Photos by Steve Whitmore

An elderly driver of a late model Chrysler PT Cruiser spun out of control today possibly because of rain-slicked pavement near the intersection of Fremont Avenue and Oxley Street, causing the car to jump a curb and slam into a small retaining wall.

The driver was not seriously injured and was treated and released by paramedics. The accident, which occurred at around 11 a.m., is under investigation and may have included another vehicle.

Meanwhile, a parked car in front of the accident site narrowly escaped damage as the PT Cruiser spun right around it, barely missing the front bumper.

The driver remarked as she got into her parked car that she was “awfully lucky” that her car had not been damaged.

The PT Cruiser was a mere feet away from the parked car, resting on the sidewalk in front of the retaining wall. Both air bags on the Cruiser were deployed.

Traffic southbound on Fremont Avenue was diverted around the accident for about an hour.


Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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