DUI Motorist Arrested After Plowing Into a Group of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies

SF Gate reports the driver of a Tesla was arrested on suspicion of DUI and other related charges after he crashed his vehicle into a group of Girl Scouts and a Scout leader selling cookies outside a local Walmart.

According to a statement released by the California Highway Patrol’s Auburn Division, the crash happened at approximately 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, at the Granite Bay Walmart. CHP investigators say that 69-year-old Gary Benson of Cameron Park crashed his Tesla Sedan into a concrete post near a group of Girl Scouts at the front of the store. 

The CHP and paramedics responded to the scene at Sierra College Boulevard and College Boulevard. Two girls, ages 9 and 10, were transported to the hospital with moderate injuries, including cuts and lacerations.  

A 78-year-old woman was also taken to the hospital with major injuries. All three victims were still in the hospital at the time of the report. 

Benson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and other related charges. He was booked into the Placer County Jail later that evening.

Area residents expressed concern over the incident. Ken Klinger, who lives in the area, told reporters that the Walmart parking lot is usually pretty ‘low-key.’ 

“I saw the yellow tape, and I was just shocked to hear Girl Scouts were injured,” Klinger said. “I hope to God they are going to be OK.”

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