89-year-old driver hits 3, killing baby in Kansas City

Monday, September 17, 2012 | 7:47 a.m. CDT; updated 12:05 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 17, 2012

KANSAS CITY — An 89-year-old churchgoer speeding backward out of a handicapped parking spot struck and killed a baby and injured her grandparents.

The Kansas City Star reported the driver also slammed his car into another vehicle and overturned a fire hydrant Sunday morning outside First Baptist Church. The car traveled about 50 feet before coming to a stop.

Witness Patty Reed said the elderly driver's vehicle shot out of the parking space "like a cannon." Her husband, Cec Reed, said a woman started CPR on the injured baby.

But investigators said the baby died at an area hospital shortly after the accident. The conditions of the other two victims weren't available.

Officials said the driver of the vehicle is cooperating with the investigation.

The identities of those hit have not been released.

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