VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. - Three elderly women have been killed Wednesday morning when an SUV drove into a group of people standing on the sidewalk.
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. when 55-year-old LuAnn Burgess lost control of her Toyota Highlander SUV off Route 85A, driving into a group of adults that were part of a walking group, and crashed into St. Matthew's Church on Mountainview Street.
Police say Burgess had just dropped her 6-year-old foster child off at daycare and her flip-flop she was wearing became stuck on the gas pedal, accelerating the car.
The victim's are 66-year-old Carol Lansing, of Green Island, 81-year-old Fran Pallozzi and 79-year-old Rosemarie Hume, both of Waterford. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology reports are pending.
The women were part of the Volks Sporters walking group, and were just making a pit-stop at the church to use the restroom.
Burgess is being treated at Albany Medical Center for injuries that aren't life-threatening.
Acting Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple called this accident "one of the most horrific accident scenes he has ever seen."
Apple says they are discussing what charges, if any, Burgess will face as they look into the investigation.