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Old 09-14-11, 09:03 PM
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Driver almost hits two cyclists...in a bike shop

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MISSION VIEJO – An 85-year-old woman drove through a plate glass window and into a Mission Viejo bicycle shop on Tuesday, with a store full of customers and employees managing to escape serious injury, authorities said.
The woman was driving a 2001 Cadillac Deville with her granddaughter at about 5 p.m. when she crashed through the front of Rock N’ Road Cyclery in the 27800 block of Santa Margarita Parkway, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone said.

The vehicle traveled through the store before striking a back wall, Stone said.

The woman told investigators that she was pulling into a handicapped parking space when she accidently hit the gas instead of the brake, Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Strachan said.

Two people inside the store were struck by glass, and a third reported a minor knee injury, Stone said. The person who suffered the knee injury had just had knee surgery, Strachan said, and investigators don’t know whether she was actually hit by the vehicle.

No major structural damage to the building was reported.

The woman and her granddaughter were reportedly uninjured, and no arrests were made.

“I think people were pretty shaken up over the whole thing,” Stone said. “People were pretty


Cyclists don't belong in the bike shops. They should be on bike paths. They were probably standing two abreast and it is clearly not the driver's fault.
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Old 09-14-11, 09:06 PM
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The woman and her granddaughter were reportedly uninjured, and no arrests were made.



What could they possibly be arrested for?

Love the humor @ the bottom, well done
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Old 09-14-11, 09:16 PM
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Video of old folks hitting the gas instead of the brake is always entertaining.
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Old 09-14-11, 09:28 PM
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A woman already on crutches from knee surgery, and they are going to report her additional knee injury as minor.

Old minor knee injuries never remain minor as you age.
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No arrests were made, but could they at least schedule her for a driver's test? Everyone should have a trusted friend who will tell them when it is time to stop driving, preferably before driving through a building (or a person).
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A customer that was in the bike shop did end up going to the hospital. I hope she is somehow held accountable for her idiocy.
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Old 09-15-11, 03:55 AM
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I'm sure that between her insurance and the shop's insurance, coverage is almost a non-issue since this is such an open and shut case.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
No arrests were made, but could they at least schedule her for a driver's test? Everyone should have a trusted friend who will tell them when it is time to stop driving, preferably before driving through a building (or a person).
in my view, she just flunked her last driving test. It was pretty obvious she hit the woman on crutches.
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Oh no, bicycles may have been hurt!!
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Amazing to look at the man's face as he sees the car coming for them. They stepped aside just in the nick of time. One second later and it would have beena different story. Amazing thing to have captured on video.
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Oh no, bicycles may have been hurt!!
when I read the story and then saw there was a video, I was expecting to see a car zoom by with a pile of bikes on it. Seems like this shop must have had a different setup than almost any shop I've ever been in.
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Old 09-15-11, 08:52 AM
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There are two things that some old folks don't want to admit to. 1, that they can no longer drive safely and 2, that they cannot hear well. There are more but those two can be critical and I for one and not looking forward to the day those things are brought up to me.
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A woman already on crutches from knee surgery, and they are going to report her additional knee injury as minor.

Old minor knee injuries never remain minor as you age.
No kidding. The lady on crutches (and the guy next to her) are both pretty lucky to have gotten out of the way, I bet that knee injury is more than minor.
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I'm not that old and I can't hear well. I keep having to remind my wife of that. My current plan is to stop driving when I'm 80. Cheaper to take a cab than own a car
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Wow, that car was really moving!
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
No arrests were made, but could they at least schedule her for a driver's test? Everyone should have a trusted friend who will tell them when it is time to stop driving, preferably before driving through a building (or a person).
I don't know that she can be required to take another driving test until her license comes up for renewal. Hopefully her insurance company will require some proof that she is still capable of driving safely after this.
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there are two things that some old folks don't want to admit to. 1, that they can no longer drive safely and 2, that they cannot hear well. There are more but those two can be critical and i for one and not looking forward to the day those things are brought up to me.
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An 85-year-old woman drove through a plate glass window and into a Mission Viejo bicycle shop on Tuesday
She drove into the store? No no - she drove through the store at speed. Its remarkable nobody was killed.

This is another example that bolsters the argument for mandatory testing. Its scary to think someone like this probably passes me each day when cycling in my area.

The area is popular with retirees and many have bad reflexes and failing mental acuity. Some of them can even be seen in restaurants etc... carry around several flavours of meds in a ziplock bag. After the meal they hop in their big-a$$ SUV and off they go.

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I'm pretty sure they'll raise her rates to some prohibitive amount. But luckily her SS/pension should still be able to cover it.
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No kidding. The lady on crutches (and the guy next to her) are both pretty lucky to have gotten out of the way, I bet that knee injury is more than minor.
My wife was involved in a car accident just after having knee surgery. It's plagued her for years. She go almost no settlement out of the driver that hit her.
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My wife was involved in a car accident just after having knee surgery. It's plagued her for years. She go almost no settlement out of the driver that hit her.
Did you notice the size of the brace she's wearing? The long brace and crutches wouldn't mix well with contact with a speeding vehicle, indoors or out.
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From the youtube comment section: "Sorry you're offended by people's reaction to your grandmother's driving; however it is the family's responsibility to decide if an elderly person has the mental ability to drive. Why wasn't your mother driving? The young woman, who just had ACL surgery, is a LAFD fireman's wife and the crash tore her MCL again. The man with her is her father-in-law, a retired LACoFD fire captain who has been a rescuer on these accidents caused by poor drivers. Thinking this is a freak accident is delusional." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmYUR...layer_embedded

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Did you notice the size of the brace she's wearing? The long brace and crutches wouldn't mix well with contact with a speeding vehicle, indoors or out.
You should see the brace my wife was wearing in our wedding pictures!
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A few years ago there was a similiar incident at a LBS here where a car out front ended up inside the bike shop. I just looked but couldn't find any links about it.
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