Errant driver hits woman, knocks her through store window

TAMPA — Two women were injured when a 29-year-old man mistook the brake for the gas pedal outside the La Teresita grocery store at 3302 W Columbus Drive Thursday afternoon.

Sandor Perez-Cabrera of 3311 W St. Louis St. was trying to park his 1997 mecury Cougar in a space in front the store when he hit the wrong pedal and struck Amariles Pena as she walked in front of the store, according to Tampa Police.

Pena, 31, flew through the store's glass door and as the Cougar crashed into the store 22-year-old Nancy Garcia fell into the shattered glass on the floor.

Pena has been taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries such as cuts and road rash but her internal injuries are unknown, said Darla Portman, a Tampa police spokeswoman.

Garcia, 22, was treated at the scene by Tampa Fire Rescue.

Portman said Perez-Cabrera was uninjured. Charges have yet to be filed.

Errant driver hits woman, knocks her through store window 06/18/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 18, 2009 6:12pm]

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