LIMA, Ohio – A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, likely did so accidentally, authorities in northwest Ohio said Sunday.
All indications are the 63-year-old woman unintentionally drove her vehicle into the crowd Friday night, Lima police Sgt. Jason Garlock said. About 30 people were injured, and some were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it.
The woman, whom police have not identified, was briefly detained but was not arrested, Garlock said. She was not injured in the crash, and has been released pending further investigation.
No charges have been filed, but that could change after witnesses are interviewed and a toxicology report is completed, Garlock said, adding both could take weeks.
The chaotic scene happened in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo. More than 1,000 people had gathered for a weekly community event featuring live music when witnesses said the woman plowed her car through a group of people trying to get their last round of beer for the night. About 50 people were in and around its path.