Car vs. building accident at Tahoe Family Physicians
July 9, 2010
A South Lake Tahoe woman mistook the accelerator for the brake pedal of her new Subaru Outback Friday morning at Tahoe Family Physicians, drove across the lawn, over the planter boxes and into the building.
The female driver, her adult daughter and 1-year-old grandson were not injured in the accident, which occurred at about 10:15 a.m. Officers said all occupants were restrained, including the infant, who was buckled in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle.
Officers said the incident was due to error and the driver was not impaired. No citations will be issued.
No one inside the building at 1090 Third St. was injured. Patients were routed to the rear of the building for appointments. A Barton staff member said appointments would continue uninterrupted through the day.
Officer Ray Poole of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said the driver may have panicked when she first drove through the parking space and onto the lawn, and mistakenly pushed the accelerator even harder.
“You get these new cars, and the gas pedal and the brake pedal feel the same,” Poole said. “The brake pedals used to be these giant things.”
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