87-year-old driver loses control of vehicle at Papa John's

By Abby Morris
Star Staff

An 87-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle near the entrance to Papa John's pizza Wednesday afternoon, striking two other vehicles. Though no one was injured in the accident, the driver said he didn't remember how the incident occurred, according to authorities.
   "He lost control of his vehicle; he said he doesn't know what happened," said Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mark Roberts. "He was trying to park, and he never stopped. He struck two vehicles and a Coke machine in the process."
   Roger Fred Griffin, 87, of Blountville, was attempting to park in the parking lot at Sav-A-Lot shopping center and, instead, struck a Mazda Protégé and a Jeep Cherokee before colliding with a vending machine on the sidewalk next to the entrance to Papa John's Pizza.
According to those at the scene, when Griffin attempted to park, his car struck the Mazda, pushing it out of the parking space it was occupying and onto the sidewalk. Griffin's vehicle also scraped the side of the Cherokee. The Mazda was unoccupied at the time of the collision.
   The accident highlights renewed public concern about older drivers and the hazard some feel they impose.