Driver arrested after deadly crash into retirement home
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- A driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter after allegedly slamming his Oldsmobile into a beachfront retirement home Tuesday, killing a 96-year-old La Jolla man.
The 53-year-old unlicensed driver, Randy Gaster, ran a stop sign at the intersection of Pearl Street and Olivetas Avenue, lost control on a curve in the roadway and careened into the White Sands La Jolla around 12:20 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros. The car crashed through an exterior wall and fatally struck the elderly victim as he was sleeping.
Gaster was treated for injuries sustained in the crash and then booked into jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving with a suspended license and driving without a license, according to police and jail records.
The executive director of the retirement home called the crash a 'senseless tragedy.'
"It makes no sense at all. It's horrific. I can't even wrap my head around it," he said.
No other injuries were reported, Delimitros said. The extent of the damage to the building was not immediately known.
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