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1 killed, 6 hurt after SUV smashes into gym

Posted: 2:49 PM, Sep 22, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-22 21:49:32Z

An 80-year-old driver accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake Tuesday before plowing through the doors of a Northern California health club, killing one person and injuring five others, police said.

The woman was trying to park her Mercedes SUV when she mixed up the pedals, crashing through the club's doors and into an early-morning workout class about 45 miles east of San Francisco, Livermore police spokeswoman Traci Rebiejo said.

A 49-year-old Livermore woman died at a nearby hospital, and the five people injured are expected to survive, Rebiejo said. The survivors were being treated for cuts and bruises, police said.

The driver was not arrested or cited, and alcohol and drugs were not a factor, authorities said. A police report of the crash will be sent to prosecutors to determine if the woman should face criminal charges.

The victims and the driver were not identified.