Two shoppers at a Target store were injured, and certainly shocked, when a car crashed into the store and struck them on October 26, according to ABC News. The victims, identified as a 29-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man, suffered serious injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital. The woman suffered head trauma, and the man broke his hip.
The driver, a 72-year-old woman, crashed approximately 50 to 60 feet into the store through emergency exit doors into the electronics department where the victims were shopping. Accident investigators in Canoga Park, Los Angeles suspect the driver was coming down a parking garage off-ramp and drove straight through the doors without ever hitting the brakes.
“In looking at it, it is like threading a needle, but if you look at how the street is laid out, there is an intersection right before those doors where one can see how an individual can drive straight through and actually thread that needle and go through those doors,” said Los Angeles City Fire Captain Jamie Moore.
The driver’s son told reporters he believes his mother accidentally mistook the accelerator for the brake. Investigators will determine if this is in fact a dangerous and confusing intersection for drivers in the parking garage, or if this was a unfortunate instance of driver error. Please visit our website for more information on car accidents and contact our firm for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured.
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