By Beth David, Editor
An 84-year-old woman apparently hit the gas instead of the brake, catapulting her car through the wall of the 7-11 in Fairhaven on Wednesday, 5/10. Police and paramedics responded at around 9:30 a.m. to find the car completely inside the building and products strewn about inside.
The area of the store that was hit included motor oil and other auto products that spilled out causing a treacherous and slippery mess, said Fairhaven police spokesperson Sgt. Kevin Kobza.
He said the woman was “really shaken,” but appeared to have no serious injuries. She was the sole occupant of the gray 2003 Toyota Camry.
“I think she thought she was stepping on the brake, but she hit the accelerator,” said Sgt. Kobza. “She appeared to be fine medically.”
He said there was no indication that she had a medical episode or that it was a case of distracted driving.
Witnesses told police that just before the crash, three people were standing where the car had crashed through.
“So, it could’ve been a lot worse than it was,” said Sgt. Kobza.
A press release from the Fairhaven Fire Department stated that the driver and the store clerk were both evaluated by paramedics and taken to St. Luke’s for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The Fairhaven Board of Health required that the store be closed until affected food is removed and the store is cleaned.
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