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Woman charged in Palm Coast Publix crash
The Daytona Beach News Journal ^

Posted on 04/18/2012 5:30:02 PM PDT by matt04

The woman who crashed into the Publix on Belle Terre Parkway was charged with careless driving Tuesday as the Florida Highway Patrol released a video showing her car shattering glass doors as it crashed into the supermarket and plowed through shoppers.

"When you see the video you realize it's a miracle no one got killed," FHP Capt. Jerry Crews said.

Ten Palm Coast residents were injured when 76-year-old Thelma Wagenhoffer's 2004 Toyota Camry "accelerated rapidly as it crossed the parking lot" and crashed into the Publix, the FHP said.

The car careened through the store for 40 to 50 feet -- at least, Crews said.

Wagenhoffer, who lives in Palm Coast, will have to appear in court because of the seriousness of the injuries to the people in the store, Crews said. Wagenhoffer was not injured and FHP did not find any mechanical problems with the Toyota that could have caused the crash.

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The accident happened at 1:24 p.m. Saturday closed the Publix at 4950 Belle Terre Parkway for the rest of the day. It reopened at 7 a.m. Sunday with a plywood patch and a wooden door at the entrance. The crash came less than two weeks after an airplane plunged into a Publix in DeLand, injuring five people and closing that store until sometime this summer.

(Excerpt) Read more at news-journalonline.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: cars; palmcoast; publix
Video at link. Some very lucky people.
1 posted on 04/18/2012 5:30:12 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Seems there is a lot of crashing into buildings going on lately. Why? Too many drunks on the road? Defective brakes? Seems rather unusual. There should be some investigation into the causes.


2 posted on 04/18/2012 5:37:38 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: matt04

Driver is 76 years old, eh? Gosh I’m so surprised.

Cars somehow always malfunction with older folks.

>_<


3 posted on 04/18/2012 5:49:04 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: matt04

Had a lady of about 75 years drive into the church parking lot last winter. She meant to park nosed up to a storage shed. She slowed down, then stepped on the gas instead of the brake. Drove smack-dab into the shed.


4 posted on 04/18/2012 5:52:11 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: fatnotlazy
Old people driving that shouldn't be? I can count 2 neighbors that will eventually hurt someone badly or hurt themselves. Both have had recent accidents that were related to not having the reflexes and getting confused. Both are over 80. Both still drive.

My kids know that I will give up my keys when they think I need to stop driving. I couldn't live with myself if I let my pride in my 'independence' kill someone.

/johnny

5 posted on 04/18/2012 5:52:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: matt04

I’m a “seasoned citizen”, so I can say this: I think that people should get re-tested at the DMV for vision, hearing, reactioin time, etc., when they reach a certain age, say 75, maybe even younger. We don’t recognize it when our faculties start to slow down. I know some folks in their 90’s who are still driving, and it scares the heck out of me!


6 posted on 04/18/2012 5:56:05 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: matt04

Nothing wrong with a lead foot grandma but she needs to point the car in the right direction first.


7 posted on 04/18/2012 6:02:22 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: matt04

8 posted on 04/18/2012 6:04:56 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: matt04

She saw the sign that said “Prescription Pick Up Drive Thru”, and took it a little too literally.


9 posted on 04/18/2012 6:06:48 PM PDT by festusbanjo (Planning my escape regardless of which party is in charge.)
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To: matt04
The woman who crashed into the Publix on Belle Terre Parkway was charged with careless driving Tuesday...

"Careless" doesn't quite cover it.

10 posted on 04/18/2012 6:08:10 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

Careless is when they back up without looking and almost hit someone walking in a parking lot. Driving thru a supermarket at high speed is negligent.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 6:19:26 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Another elderly driver crashinf into a storefront. They need to really check people who are older and especially if they are on a lot of medications.


12 posted on 04/18/2012 6:19:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: fatnotlazy

There is a lot of this going on, and still people are allowed to continue driving. Isn’t that strange? Anyone over 16 can get a license to drive one of these massive killing machines, and there is no background check or waiting period. Confused people can continue to drive with no effective oversight. Felons can get a car whenever they want and there are no real impediments to doing so. When will we finally realise that cars are dangerous and institute proper ‘car control laws.’ When lone kooks decide to get a gun and shoot some people we are inundated with calls for disarming everybody, including those who are innocent of any wrongdoing or negligence, and yet we hear nothing in the case of killer drivers. Why? Far more people die from these “accidents” than do at the hands of gunmen, and still nothing. It just makes no sense.


13 posted on 04/18/2012 6:21:03 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: Inspectorette

Agree. There are plenty older folks who could do just fine. My next door neighbor is 94 and he is in great shape and can drive fine. He’s not on any meds and is healthy.


14 posted on 04/18/2012 6:21:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Some states require drivers of a certain age to be tested every year or so. That seems to be a good idea.

Not that everyone over 75 shouldn’t drive, however. A close friend’s father drove almost till the day he died at age 90. He was tested for years and it was said he had better reflexes than a guy in his 20s. Exception to the rule, maybe, but I wouldn’t want government to prohibit anyone from driving merely because he or she reaches some arbitrary age.


15 posted on 04/18/2012 6:26:41 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: matt04

Man,you can’t even go into Publix without being hit by a car OR a plane!


16 posted on 04/18/2012 6:30:36 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: matt04

Man,you can’t even go into Publix without being hit by a car OR a plane!


17 posted on 04/18/2012 6:30:50 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world.)
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To: fatnotlazy
I wouldn’t want government to prohibit anyone from driving merely because he or she reaches some arbitrary age.

Neither do I. Which is why it's important for those of us that are getting older to listen to our kids when they say "It's time to stop driving".

It was a big fight with Mom when we took her car. We were taking her independence.

I do admit to playing the guilt trip on her, and asking her how she would feel if she killed some young family because she couldn't see as well, and got confused if things got complicated.

Ugly. But required.

/johnny

18 posted on 04/18/2012 6:32:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Not just the store front, thru the doors, over a bunch of people on a bench, past the checkouts and finally stopped when they hit the end of a aisle.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 6:33:52 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

Watch towards the end of the video they pick the car up and pull someone out from under it.


20 posted on 04/18/2012 6:39:13 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I had an uncle who had to be practically held at gunpoint so his sons could take away his car. For a long time it was obvious my uncle shouldn’t be driving. I remember once getting into his car, he pulled out into traffic and we were almost broadsided by another vehicle. Scared me half to death, and I don’t scare easily. From then on, when he would offer to drive me somewhere, I would always decline.

For years after his car was taken away, my uncle spoke of getting another car and driving again. It was very hard for him to not drive anymore, but I’m glad his sons had the courage to do the right thing.


21 posted on 04/18/2012 6:45:41 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy
Some years ago I let my license expire. It was over 6 months so I had to get a temporary and retake all the tests.

While I was waiting in line (what else do you do at the BMV), there was an old guy at the vision testing machine who couldn't read it. The women kept saying, "Come on, honey, let's try it again." The guy had about 8 pairs of glasses with him and was telling them that he was pretty sure one pair worked. So he went through all of them and eventually I think they came to the conclusion of "Close enough, sweety" and they passed him. I felt as if I should start screaming, "No! Don't let him drive." But I think everyone in the place was so happy for the guy that he passed. Strange.

I wonder what ever happened to that guy. And the people he had to have driven over.

22 posted on 04/18/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

A few months ago I was driving home in the daylight on a two lane county thoroughfare through an extensive forest. The normal speed is 50, faster during commute times and slower on Sundays. I had to slow down for traffic and my reaction was “Whoa, who is this moron going 30 mph? Then I looked up ahead and realized it was my 85 year old mother-in-law. Bless her heart.


23 posted on 04/18/2012 9:12:46 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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