Massachusetts woman drives SUV into hardware store

Police found vehicle outfitted with homemade pedal extender because woman had trouble reaching brakes.
By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM   |   Comments

Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A 51-year-old Massachusetts woman was cited for negligent operation after her homemade pedal extender allegedly contributed to her driving her SUV into the front of the Aubuchon Hardware Store in Cohasset on Sunday.

When officers arrived, they found the Carol McGurl’s Honda in the middle of the store’s showroom after it had barreled through the front glass window of the store.

No one was injured during the accident but there were people in the store who “had to run for their lives,” said Cohasset Acting Police Chief William Quigley.

“She’s only five feet tall and couldn’t reach pedals effectively,” Quigley said. “She got creative, apparently, and put this block on the pedal, and that contributed to the accident.”

The homemade pedal device was made with a block of wood and duct tape.

"I didn't know what was happening until afterwards," said Scott Doland. "You just react. You don't know how you do, you just do.”

The accident knocked out an aisle of artificial Christmas trees and substantially damaged other merchandise.

[My Fox Boston]

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