Story and pic from the Ahwatukee Foothill News. Note that this turn the driver inexplicably failed to execute has an enormous radius. I note that police are unsure if any of this is illegal, how about “failure to control”? :
Car lands on Lakewood fountain, Doug Murphy, 2010-04-12 (that date seems wrong)
A crash Saturday afternoon stopped traffic when a crane was brought in to remove the vehicle off the fountain at the entrance to the Lakewood area….
“It appears she was going to make a turn on 38thStreet and apparently her speed was too fast, or she got distracted, but whatever the reason, she missed the turn,” said Sgt. Bryant Rockwood….
Rockwood said that there were no signs of impairment and that officers were still investigating the incident. He said it wasn’t clear if a citation had or will be issued.
That’s some mighty bad driving. Note that the police didn’t release the driver’s name, so there’s no obvious way to look up court records to find out if a citation was issued.
This one seems to fit the “they drive among us” category; though it’s just a run-of-the-mill case of pedal (brake-gas) confusion: View the shocking surveillance footage from a Publix supermarket in Florida — came through that door like a shot! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h14UNm6yaWM. News report nydailynews.com:
Florida police have released a shocking video showing a 76-year-old woman crashing through a supermarket with her car and plowing into shoppers.
Thelma Wagenhoffer, of Palm coast, injured ten people on Saturday afternoon — including a couple in their 80’s and a 3-month-old baby — when her 2004 Toyota Camry smashed through the glass entrance of a Publix market and tore through the store for some 50 feet.
Video of the horrific crash was posted on The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s website.
“When you see the video you realize it’s a miracle no one got killed,” Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Jerry Crews told the newspaper.
Three people, including Lupo Mario Hernandez, 83, who was pinned beneath the car, and his wife Maria Hernandez, 81, were seriously injured and recovering in hospitals in Daytona Beach and Palm Coast, according to the News-Journal.
The other injured were either treated or released over the weekend or walked away with minor injuries.
Lasaunda Hampton, 33, and her 3-month-old son, Tyshawn Davis, who was in a stroller, were among the first people struck by Wagenhoffer’s car.
In the video, they can be seen siting on a bench next to the entrance’s sliding glass door when the car suddenly comes barreling into view.
In an instant, the victims vanish, a trail of debris and wreckage left in the car’s wake.
“She just pushed everybody out the way like bowling pins,” Hampton told the News-Journal.
Hampton suffered injuries to her legs and had glass in her feet. The toddler escaped with just a bump on his head.
“It was like a little angel was watching over him,” she said.
Wagenhoffer, who was not injured, was charged with careless driving on Tuesday.
Florida police found no malfunction in the car that would have caused the crash.