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Car crashes into Chaffee convenience store

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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The Grand Marquis inside the Chaffee One Stop Quickie Mart shortly after impact.
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CHAFFEE, Mo. -- No one was hurt, though several people were inside, when a car crashed into a Chaffee convenience store Wednesday morning, owner Ron G. Russell said.

Russell said when a Mercury Grand Marquis crashed through the front of his Chaffee One Stop, three employees and three customers were at the store. The car narrowly missed some customers sitting at a table inside, Russell said.

Chaffee police chief Jim Chambers said the elderly woman driving the vehicle told police she pressed on the gas instead of the brake while the car was in gear in front of the store.

"She hit the accelerator and drove right through the front door," Chambers said. He declined to identify the driver, but said she was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was uninjured. No criminal charges will be filed, he said.

When he first heard the crash, Russell mistook it for an explosion, until he got a glimpse of the car inside his store.

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Employee of Chaffee One Stop, Randy Buchheit, helps clean up the damage after a Mercury Grand Marquis crashed through the front of the Quickie Mart around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. Three employees and three customers were in the store but there were no injuries. When he first heard the crash, store owner Ron G. Russell mistook it for an explosion, until he got a glimpse of the car, driven by an elderly woman, that was inside his store. Russell said the store will be closed today, but he plans to attempt to make it safe enough for customers by Thursday morning.
(Elizabeth Dodd)
Russell said the store would be closed Wednesday, but he planned to make it safe enough for customers by this morning.

Pertinent address:

304 N. Main St., Chaffee, Mo.


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Idi..! Oops...Never mind. Smart Person!

-- Posted by Megalomania on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 3:26 PM

Nice drive thru window.

-- Posted by gman on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 3:57 PM

Another One. Anyone wanna take any bets on what the excuse will be

-- Posted by Producer1 on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 4:16 PM

If the gas and brake pedals didn't look so dang much alike----

Seriously, I've had my foot slip off the brake and hit the gas (it was due to wet shoes) and the car lurched a bit before i corrected it. I didn't hit anything. But this car is 18+ feet long and completely in the building. She had to have that thing really gassed to get IN the building.

Maybe there should be a law that older drivers be required to run a set of flowmasters so they could hear the engine.

-- Posted by malan on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 5:58 PM

One Stop Shopping huh? Somehow I don't think the Chaffee One Stop had inside parking in mind.

-- Posted by Granmammy on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 7:34 PM

I still think everyone should have to take a drivers test all over again at the age of 70. We don't need anymore drive thrus'...

-- Posted by Cleveland_Native on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 8:44 PM

It must be that time of year again!

http://www.semissourian.com/story/154676...

-- Posted by SilverPants on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 10:55 PM

anybody over the age of 70 should not be on any public road. Public transportation for the rest of their lives.

-- Posted by scoresman on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 8:35 AM

Can we clear the air before we offend someone "seasoned"? If you can use the internet and comment, you're still cool....

Why isn't this considered "Careless and Imprudent"?

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 8:39 AM

Why isn't this considered "Careless and Imprudent"?

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 8:39 AM

Because she's old and they seem to get a pass on this stuff, even though it is repeatedly happening. I just dont get it.

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 10:17 AM

ZeRo1: It's okay. Poking fun at anyone over 70 on the internet is like poking fun at the Amish on the internet-- they're never gonna see it.

That joke's so old it could hit the wrong pedal, too.

I'm just glad that all involved are okay.

D

-- Posted by Iceburg on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 10:28 AM

Scoresman, I am over 70 and I saw your stupid remark. Another stupid remark: "...she's old and they seem to get a pass on this stuff, even though it is repeatedly happening" Tell me ZeRo1, tell me just a half dozen times YOU know of this happening. Don't know who wrote this article, but I would like to know what she/he regards as elderly. Now that I am through bashing the bashers, I in all sincerity would ask each of you who made negative comments about older drivers one simple question. "How many traffic tickets have your received since you have been driving and how many accidents (minor or major) have you been involved in during that same period, be it your fault or not?"

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 11:02 AM

mo_ky_fellow,

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007...

Here's a great story for ya.

From ages 75 to 84, the rate of about three deaths per 100 million miles driven is equal to the death rate of teenage drivers. For drivers 85 and older, the fatality rate skyrockets to nearly four times higher than that for teens

Are you saying that nothing should be done about this, that we should carry on without batting an eye.

Heres another of a 93 year old lady that killed a 4 year old girl

http://www.1800blogger.com/2009/06/17/sh...

Do you think she should be prosecuted?

Now, all you have to do is google it, and you will find hundreds of these stories.

If elderly drivers are so confident that they dont need to retake the driver test then prove us wrong

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Look... all I'm saying is that it is a fact of life that as we age we lose, reaction time, range of movement, cognitive abilities, vision and hearing, just like driving drunk, while texting etc. That's why we have laws against it. You may feel different if one of your children was killed by someone that claimed "I hit the wrong pedal".

-- Posted by Producer1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 11:47 AM

mo_ky_fellow

"Tell me ZeRo1, tell me just a half dozen times YOU know of this happening."

Are you serious? If you can figure out how to use a computer to comment on this forum, it's not hard to find statistics.

Producer1 hit the nail on the head about texting and drunk driving also affecting reaction time. I wonder if they have statistics about people using the "jitterbug" cell phone while "backing up/racing forwards" into structures.

-- Posted by ZeRo1 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 12:29 PM

She also must have had it in the wrong gear...

Everyone needs to be retested at a certain point.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 5:52 PM

Statistics??? Are you sure the stuff you find on the internet is true?

I can honestly say that I do not know one person who has been killed by an "elderly driver".

I know several who have been killed by much younger than "elderly" drivers.

You must remember that an accident involving an "elderly driver" will make the news.

The same type of accident involving a much younger driver will many times be ignored.

I am 72 years old. About 20-years ago I almost did what this lady did. I was parked in front of a grocery store getting ready to back out. Something I was placing on the passenger seat fell into the floorboard. With the car in reverse and my foot on the brake, I leaned over and down to get what it was that fell. My foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal. I came within about 3-inches of buying that store a new doublewide front door!

Cheers to all

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 7:57 PM


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