Winter Haven, Florida -- An 84 year-old woman crashed her car through a CVS, narrowly missing a customer and causing $65,000 in damages.
On April 2, Margaret Underwood drove her husband to the CVS on State Road 540. She stayed in the car while her husband when inside. When he exited the store Underwood began to back out of the parking space when she struck a Chevy Suburban.
Underwood's husband immediately went over to check on the Suburban while Underwood put the car in drive and returned to the parking spot. Then, for unknown reasons, Underwood accelerated forward and crashed through the front doors of the store, finally stopping about 25 feet inside the store.
Inside of the store, 80-year-old Adrienne Watkins was at the front counter looking at items. Watkins bent over to reach for an item she had passed and as she leaned down to retrieve the item, the car crashed through the door destroying the counter and narrowly missing Watkins. Watkins was taken to Winter Haven Hospital where she was treated for cuts and bruises.
The CVS associate Stormy Fulcomer rushed over after he heard a loud bang. He saw Watkins lying on the floor and heard the car engine revving with the wheels still spinning. After he secured Watkins in a safe location, he opened the door assisting Underwood out of the car and ensuring the vehicle was off.
Damage to the store is estimated at $65,000 and Underwood was cited for Improper Backing and Careless Driving.