Advertisement
  1. News

FHP: Driver who crashed into Beef O' Brady's had faulty brakes FHP: Driver who crashed into Beef O' Brady's had faulty brakes

The Florida Highway Patrol said the brakes on Barbara Markowski's 2007 Saturn were malfunctioning when she plowed through the restaurant, injuring five people.
Car plows into restaurant
A video clip from inside shows two people dining at a Beef O’Brady’s in Spring Hill when a fast-moving car plows through a front window and hurls them aside.
Credit: Florida Highway Patro
Car plows into restaurant A video clip from inside shows two people dining at a Beef O’Brady’s in Spring Hill when a fast-moving car plows through a front window and hurls them aside. Credit: Florida Highway Patro
Published Feb. 8, 2019

SPRING HILL — The 65-year-old woman who plowed her car through a Beef O' Brady's restaurant on Tuesday and injured five customers has been cited by state troopers.

Barbara Markowski, of Spring Hill, was cited for using improper and unsafe equipment by the Florida Highway Patrol, which said the brakes on her 2007 Saturn sedan were "malfunctioning" at the time of the crash.

PREVIOUS: Watch: Video shows moment when car plowed into Spring Hill Beef O'Brady's

The incident took place at about 1:40 p.m. at the Barclay Crossing Shopping Center at Spring Hill Drive and Barclay Avenue. The Saturn was travelling east on Spring Hill Drive when troopers said Markowski lost control.

She drove over the median and westbound lanes onto the shoulder and drove through a flower bed. She sideswiped a truck, struck a parked car and then crashed through a restaurant wall lined with booths, striking customers inside and outside.

One of the injured patrons was flown to Bayonet Point Hospital Trauma Center. The other four were also hospitalized.

Contact Justin Trombly at jtrombly@tampabay.com. Follow @JustinTrombly.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

  1. Pinellas County School Board member Carol Cook, left, celebrates her reelection to her fifth term in 2016. If ultimately approved, a term limits proposal would force Florida's school board members out after two consecutive terms.
  2. Death row inmate James Dailey, left, awaits execution for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. His co-defendant, Jack Pearcy, now says he alone killed the girl. A judge wants to hear his testimony at a March 5 hearing.
  3. Jarvis Delon West was arrested for child neglect after failing to report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police
  4. Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Office of the Governor in 2019.
  5. Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes and Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton, talk during a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in Tallahassee.
  6. A section of the Robles Park Village public housing complex was built on top the forgotten Zion Cemetery.
  7. Tampa Fire Rescue units arrived at 1011 E 23rd Ave. and put out the fire that consumed this two-story house. The fire was started by a man who trapped himself inside, officials said, and later died of his injuries.
  8. Violinists, Patricia Quintero, RubŽn Rengel, Alex Gonzalez and Emilia Mettenbrink, with the Sphinx Virtuosi orchestra from Detroit, perform at the Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum Thursday/
  9. Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera said Mayor Jane Castor's decision to add a second ambulance to Station 13 in North Tampa will improve emergency services for his constituents.
  10. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa.
  11. New Orleans-based Dat Dog offers exotic sausages like alligator, duck and crawfish, along with multiple vegan options and more than 30 toppings. The chain is seeking franchisees to bring a location to Tampa Bay.
  12. Debbie and her husband Michael, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, fish from the Dunedin Causeway Thursday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission extended the period of catch and release for several species of fish along the west coast of Florida.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement