Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Hitting gas instead of brake, woman drives car all the way into Dunedin restaurant

DUNEDIN — An elderly woman accidentally plowed her vehicle into the China Star restaurant at 916 Patricia Ave. on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Phyllis Glynn, 80, was pulling into a parking spot outside the restaurant, deputies said, when she accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake around 3:40 p.m. That sent her car over the shopping center's curb, through the restaurant's front and deep inside until it hit the counter.

No one was seriously injured in the crash. Two restaurant patrons, 64-year-old Robert Nandram and 62-year-old Ivan Amnay, were taken to Mease Dunedin Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver, Glynn, was also taken to a hospital as a precaution.

But the China Star was not as fortunate. "The damage to the structure of the building was quite significant," said sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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