Elderly Driver Slams Into Building, Parked Cars

After hitting four parked cars, the driver ran into an exterior corner wall shared by a Bank of America office and Plaza Dental Group, near Buffalo Wild Wings.

An 80-year-old woman suffered minor injuries today when she drove her car into a retail center, hitting four parked cars in her path.

The crashed occurred at about 1:40 p.m. at 40484 Murrieta Hot Springs Road. The car ran into an exterior corner wall shared by a office and , near .

The woman had just filled up at the gas station and meant to make a left turn out of the station, according to Murrieta police Officer Jason Edmisten.

"She stepped on the brake and then she doesn't know what happened from that point, but based on the evidence that we see she pressed on the gas instead of the brake," Edmisten.

As she was propelled forward, she jumped a curb and hit a parked Range Rover and a Hyundai. The impact lurched the Hyundai across the lot, causing it to hit a parked Toyota Corolla, Edmisten told Patch.

"Then she ended up hitting the wall," he said.

Edmisten said nothing indicated the elderly driver was under the influence of any substances.

"But based on her telling me that she doesn't remember the incident or whether she pushed the gas or not, we are ordering the DMV evaluation," he said.

The woman, whose name was not given, refused medical treatment at first. After she began to complain of chest pain, paramedics returned and transported her to an area hospital to be evaluated.

The sudden accident caught the immediate attention of Mark Millard, manager of Plaza Dental Group. Millard said he was in the front office talking with his receptionist.

"The next thing I know I see a white car flash in front of us," Millard said.

Millard said he ran outside and pulled the woman from her car after seeing that the airbag had deployed.

The dental office was evacuated as a precaution, he said.

Three of the five cars involved were towed, including the woman's white Nissan Altima, Edmisten said.

Joel and Christina Cunningham were eating in Buffalo Wild Wings when they were notified their blue Hyundai was hit.

The couple and their baby had driven up to Murrieta from Escondido to have lunch with a friend, Joel said.

"Situations like this do occur, I just hope she is OK," Joel said.

A Murrieta building inspector was called in to evaluate the damage, and said it appeared to be mostly cosmetic.

No one was working in the Bank of America office at the time of the crash, officials said.

No other injuries were reported, said Murrieta fire Battalion Chief Steve Kean.

Officials were able to locate all the drivers nearby as well as talk to several witnesses.

Tonto March 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
It was a Tea Bagger !! wasn't she Popeye? Taxed Enough Already :)
Popeye March 25, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Asmith March 25, 2012 at 06:22 AM
The whole thing was unfortunate for all of us my car was also hit. I"m grateful that there were cars in her path because had there not been I would of been dead. So sorry I thank God the cars were a bumper. I watch the whole thing happen in front of me quite scary. What's even more disturbing was when the property manager showed up and didnt bother to even ask how I was her only concern was removing me from the property because I wasn't allowed to be there because I was Sam's competition and that's not allowed. So I guess human life doesn't matter business takes priority and they really don"t care about people it made me really sick to my stomach. Especially to think that people will support a company that will treat people that way. The funny thing is SAMs is not in competition in order to be in competition you have to offer the same quality and services I'm sorry they haven't even begun to scratch the surface of what Costco has to offer. Just by what I experienced on Wednesday they seriously will never get there with the rudeness and behavior I encountered just with their property manager.
Asmith March 25, 2012 at 06:35 AM
So when it comes to the Murrieta Patch and the reporting I'm actually quite impressed after all Maggie showed up approx maybe 8 min after the accident happened her reporting was very accurate. If anyone bothered reading any of the other local papers well they had the story so screwed up. So Maggie I do appreciate your quick response time and most accurate reporting. You were definately very professional and sensitive to the situation that was most appreciated Thank you.


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