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SUV SMASHES INTO BANK

This wasn't Luz Martinez's idea of drive-through banking.

All the Spring Hill resident wanted to do Monday afternoon was make a deposit at the Capital City Bank on Mariner Boulevard.

Instead of depositing a check to go shopping at the Sav-A-Lot store, Martinez deposited her Kia Sportage inside the bank's lobby directly in front of the tellers' counter.

No one was injured, but the accident certainly shook up most of the employees inside the bank.

Martinez pulled into the parking space not far from the front door shortly before 1 p.m. She said she usually parks the sport utility vehicle there, but on Monday she chose to park right in front of the bank.

As Martinez reached back to retrieve her deposit slip, the SUV lurched forward, struck the door and sent shards of glass into the air.

The wreck caused about $70,000 worth of damage.

Martinez did not know whether the gas pedal jammed or if there was some other mechanical problem.

"I have never been in trouble with the police before," Martinez said, holding her mouth.

"I don't know what happened. It was a simple accident."

She was charged with careless driving.

Luz Martinez stands Monday in front of the Capital City Bank at 7101 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill after accidentally driving through the front door with her Kia Sportage and stopping near the tellers' counter. Martinez said she may have accidentally pressed the gas pedal while reaching into the back seat.

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