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Man who crashed into Dunedin restaurant charged with careless driving

DUNEDIN — The 87-year-old driver who crashed into a restaurant and injured eight people Sunday was charged Monday with careless driving.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Tardif 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, according to deputies. 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.

Man who crashed into Dunedin restaurant charged with careless driving 10/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2009 4:11pm]

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