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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.

Sue Mastavoy March 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
While the article is mostly correct your reporter might take note that her vehicle actually damaged or caused damage to 5 other vehicles not four. Also, being the reporter was kind enough to grant free publicity to Bank of America, The Dental Office and Buffalo Wild Wings, she might have made mention of H&R Block,Inc. which just so happens to be the business location in which two of the struck vehicles were parked, which is where the Hyundai ended up. It might also be mentioned that one of the first vehicles to be struck belonged to a employee of H&R Block. Just thought might be a good idea to make sure all facts are complete and correct. thank you
Gina March 22, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Sue, you may want to learn how to write before you judge others. I hope you do taxes at, let's hear it.... H&R Block, better than you form sentences. All I care about is getting idiots off the road.... get off the road, Sue.
Gina March 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Even better! Sue, did you look at the photos attached to this article??? By, golly... there is a BIG, GIANT sign.... it reads... all together now!!! H&R BLOCK!!!!!!!
Lisa March 22, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Sue Mastavoy, I think you are rude. This reporter/editor works hard on this site. She can only do so much, so please don't be rude. And in regards to "Three of the five cars involved were towed" people me honest mistakes. Look at yourself before talk negative about someone.
Lisa March 22, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Maggie, the article looks great! Thank you for all you and your staff do. It is nice to get the news on my phone. I love the breaking news alerts. The alerts are helpful so I can avoid a car crash or there events.
Galactic Cannibal March 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
What a piece of trivial news. No one was injured . But in true paranoia fashion The Dental Office was evacuated. WOW what would happen had a quake struck. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And by the way I was informed yesterday, that two of my recent posts were removed from Murrieta Patch. Reason given was, they each were flagged as inappropriate (3 times ). Yet my posts did not contain a single abusive word or any personal abuse etc.... To me it is censorship , and confirms that absolute freedom of speech does not exist in our so-called Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
robert March 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
maybe if you didn' t call yourself "Galactic Cannibal" your posts wouldn't be noticed!
Gludenwald March 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Post flagging in your case is likely a punishment for failure to constructively contribute to the conversation. If the other readers feel your post devalues the overall flow of discussion then expect to be flagged. The tone of your comment on this event is certainly sarcastic enough to warrant flagging by many I would imagine.
Maggie Avants (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, Gina. To Sue, I'd like to explain a little about how reporting during a police scene goes. I waited for 30 minutes to speak with the police officer to get the correct details of the crash. Most of the time, the officers and emergency personnel were with the elderly driver in front of H & R Block. Typically as reporters we need to stay away from the area in which authorities are dealing with witnesses and others involved so they can do their job. Hence, I was not able to speak with anyone from H & R Block. I'm sorry that your employee's car was hit.
Maggie Avants (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Also thanks to Lisa!
april cunningham March 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
sad my sons Joel,and girl friends christina cars was the blue Hyundi and have no car now its such a mess, have to wait to sort it all out but these kids go pay check to pay check... but the wonderful part is that they were not hit and standing by or in car... Joel first thought was the well being of the woman even tho this is a horrible situation they have to recover from... insurance companys have to figure out this mess and with so much damage who know how or when it will be ok... They didnt get home till mid night from going out to lunch but the got home [thank God]
american vet. March 24, 2012 at 07:22 AM
you are right if someone does not agree with they will do this knowing what will happen to you
Popeye March 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM
That lady knew what she was doing, it is called road rage..
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
Exactly!!!
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.
Dee June 15, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Geez, sue, lighten up

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