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Reese Witherspoon Accident

Driver Feels 'Awful,'

Says Intersection is Dangerous

9/12/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The 84-year-old woman who hit Reese Witherspoon with her car says she feels awful about the situation ... but also thinks there's a big problem with the intersection where the accident happened.

According to a family member, the woman thinks the Santa Monica corner is especially dangerous because there's a large tree blocking sight lines for drivers.

We're also told she was very shaken up by the accident -- and had no idea she had hit an Oscar winner when it all went down.

The family member says the woman has stayed off the road since the accident. The citation she received requires her to retake her driving test. She plans to do so as early as today ... and is due in court October 7.

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Professor Chaos    

How about you just voluntarily STOP driving lady? You're 84 years old and you ran into somebody. There comes a time when a rational senior citizen needs to hang up their car keys and realize they're too old to be driving. Hell, she should have stopped drive 10-15 years ago.

1074 days ago
2.

amazon_woman    

YEAH SURE BLAME THE INTERSECTION !

1074 days ago
3.

TruthMuhSucka    

i agree with the above comments - TFOTD

1074 days ago
4.

stacey    

The guy who mowed down all those people at the Promenade in Santa Monica several years ago (KILLING some of them, IIRC) was also 84 years old.


The requirement to retake the driving test is a slap on the wrist. Sounds like whoever is dealing with this incident doesn't have the balls to break the bad news to the driver - that she's no longer fit to drive.


And for the record, whether or not there's a tree blocking her sight, any yahoo knows that if you can't see where you're going, then you don't proceed. While I'm curious if others have contended that there was a tree blocking their line of sight at that particular location, any good driver will tell you that it's never a good idea to just blindly proceed when you can't see where you're going.

1074 days ago
5.

thestupid    

Whats more dangerous than a drunk driver? ELDERLY DRIVERS!!! Its a fact.

1074 days ago
6.

sheila    

What about the yahoo who ran in front of a car without looking... whether she had the right of way or night?

1074 days ago
7.

Mitz    

While I do agree that 85 is too old to still be driving, to say "she had no idea she had hit an Oscar winner" is mind boggling to me. Reese Witherspoon is a human being, a person, another one of us. Financial Status, or Hollywood pedestals doesn't exclude one from accidents or life's perils, in fact they seem to be more proned to them. It can happen to anyone. With that said, hope she's doing well, and hope the Lady is ok too.

1074 days ago
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sheila    

@ mitz ... it is mind boggling to me that you did not understand that the woman was just not familiar with Ms. Witherspoon's over-rated film work and her undeserved Oscar!

1074 days ago
9.

Annie     

Intersections are ea bit more dangerous when cars do not stop!

1074 days ago
10.

Merc    

Reese should sue. If this was the other way around and a celeb hit someone in the exact same manner and cir****tances, then they would sued for big bucks.... maybe the celebs should start treating all the greedy money grubbers out there the same.
This old fool and/or her family would be more than happy to sue the hell out of Reese if this was reversed!

1074 days ago
11.

dimes    

The woman is 84. She probably has no idea who Reese Witherspoon is. Of course that doesn't excuse her from hitting a pedestrian in a crosswalk, unless the tree that obstructed her view was lying across the roadway.

1074 days ago
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sheila    

Driver's age not withstanding, Reece Witherspoon ran in front of a car. Yes, she had a the right of way, but she RAN IN FRONT OF A CAR. LOOK before you cross a street.

1074 days ago
13.

dimes    

Who hit who? Did the lady hit her head on, or did Reese barrel into the side of her car?

1074 days ago
14.

Aire    

It's nice of Reese Witherspoon not to pursue charges against the elderly driver, but ultimately, it's doing everyone, including the driver, a disservice not to do so.

1074 days ago
15.

Truth    

SRUSLY, LEVIN... DOES IT F*CKING MATTER SHE HIT AN *OSCAR* WINNER??? WE ALL KNOW THE OSCARS IS TOTALLY BIASED POLITICAL BULLSH*T AND VOTE GETTING. IN ANY OTHER PROFESSION WITHERSPOON WOULD HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING, NEXT. TRUTH!!!

1074 days ago
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