Metro-East News

August 19, 2014

Chief: Woman mistakes gas pedal for brake; crashes into building

An elderly woman stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake Tuesday afternoon and ended up crashing into part of a shopping complex in Belleville, according to fire officials.

Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour said the woman took out a structural support on the walkway of the Lake Christine Center, located in the 1600 block of Lebanon Avenue.

The unidentified driver was not injured, Pour said, and her vehicle sustained minor damage. Pour did not have a precise age for the woman, except to say she was elderly.

Belleville police and MedStar Ambulance also responded to the scene.

It's unclear if the driver was ticketed.

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