Woman in fatal church accident has license suspended - FOX 13 News

Woman in fatal church accident has license suspended

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BRADENTON (FOX 13) -

The woman accused of backing up into a crowd and killing three people was in court Wednesday morning, pleading no contest to the charges of improper backing.

Doreen Landstra, 79, was ordered to appear in court. After the plea, she had her driver's license suspended for one year.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Landstra was backing up from a parking space, pulled forward and needed more room to clear another parked vehicle.  She began backing again, and in doing so, struck seven people.

Four others were injured in the accident. Troopers said she continued to accelerate going over a curb and eventually drove into a canal.

The victims were: 72-year-old Margaret Vanderlaan, 70-year-old Wilhemina Paul and 80-year-old Johanna Dijkhoff.

The incident happened Feb. 2 after a church service at Sugar Creek Country Club 3333 26th Ave. E. in Bradenton.

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