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Driver crashes into Largo bank building while parking, deputies say

LARGO — A vehicle driven by a 77-year-old man jumped a curb and crashed into a bank building Wednesday afternoon as he was trying to park, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Pinellas deputies are investigating the accident, which was reported just before 4 p.m. at the Suntrust Bank branch at 3705 East Bay Drive.

The driver, George Temple, was pulling a 2009 Kia Sedona minivan into a parking space in front of the bank, deputies said. He later told deputies he hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

The vehicle left a 6-by-6-foot hole in the bank wall. The damage was estimated to be about $25,000. The bank will be under guard until repairs are complete and the bank can be secured.

Temple suffered minor injuries from the vehicle's air bag and was taken to Morton Plant Hospital.

The minivan was a total loss, deputies said.

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Driver crashes into Largo bank building while parking, deputies say 06/23/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:40pm]
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