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Woman Hit Gas Pedal While Parking at Post Office Causing Accident

A pedestrian was treated for non-critical injuries after a woman pressed her gas pedal while parking at an Orland Park Post Office, and drove onto the curb striking the pedestrian and the building.

A 92-year-old Orland Park woman accidentally pressed her gas pedal instead of the brake while parking Saturday at an Orland Park Post Office, causing her to drive up on to the sidewalk.

Emergency teams were called to the United States Post Office at 9500 W. 144th Place around 10:55 a.m. about a car versus pedestrian accident. The driver was parking her 2004 Ford at the post office, and drove up onto the sidewalk after pressing her gas pedal instead of the brake, according to Orland Park Police Commander John Keating.

The woman struck a 25-year-old Orland Park woman and ran into the post office’s brick front wall before stopping, Keating wrote in an email.

Both the driver and pedestrian were taken to Palos Community Hospital. The driver wasn’t injured and the pedestrian experienced non-critical injuries, Keating wrote.

Extent of the damage caused was not immediately available.

Clarification: Patch originally reported the victim's age as 35, as was said by police at the time.

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laura November 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
This is for Anna: Yes, I understand the desire for freedom at all ages of life. I also understand the equally important desire for as much safety as possible when walking or driving. Ask the 35-yo woman who was injured how she feels about the issue. If someone knows s/he is becoming incapable of driving, then lose the "hesitant-to-ask-for-help" attitude and ASK for help There's no shame in being human! There IS shame is hurting another human because of arrogant obstinance. There are agencies that will help people who can no longer drive on their own. And I'm guessing (and yes, I know many elderly are on very strict budgets) but if someone can still afford to own a car, then that person might be able to afford a cab once in a while or at least car pool with more able-bodied drivers. It might even save money in the long run. And it could save lives. And I am in my late 50s, since you needed to know.
Ben Feldheim November 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I'll check with police on that. Thanks.
Ben Feldheim November 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Confirmed. Thanks for the heads up.
HS November 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is for Anna as well: I understand where you are coming from when you say that the elderly want their freedom and independence...but do you really think it's fair that this 25 year old is now stuck in HER home, looking at the walls all day, trying to recover, losing all her physical activities/jobs while she recovers?? NO, it's not fair. Driving is a privilege. If you can't drive, then you shouldn't have a license. I'm not talking about just the elderly...it's for ANYONE who has trouble driving. This is disgusting, and I really hope this lady (and all people who can't drive) get serious consequences for this. Luckily she didn't kill anyone.
laura November 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Exactly! Thank you.

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