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Driver crashes into Dunedin restaurant, injuring 8

DUNEDIN — A driver trying to park outside a Dunedin restaurant Sunday morning instead ended up crashing through the business' front window.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Tardif, 86, thought he was pressing the brake as he tried to park his white, late-model Mercury Marquis about 11 a.m. outside the Country Boy Restaurant at 1353 Main St.

Tardif's foot slipped off the brake and landed on the gas. He and his wife, Jeanette Tardif, 87, crashed over the curb, through the front of the building, shattering a large window, and pushed a bench and two restaurant booths into the restaurant interior.

Deputies said eight people received minor injuries. Two people were treated at Mease Dunedin Hospital and released. The Tardifs were not injured.

No charges have been filed and the investigation continues, authorities said.

Driver crashes into Dunedin restaurant, injuring 8 10/11/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2009 10:58pm]
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