NEW INFO: Customer Injured After Pickup Truck Lands In Store

A customer was injured after a pickup truck came crashing through a store front Monday morning.

It happened at the Dollar General on Highway 43 in Vanceboro around 11:05 a.m.

Albert Coward says he was pulling in the store to buy puppy food. The 65-year-old Craven County man says he thought he was hitting the truck's brake, but was actually pressing the accelerator.

The pickup truck crashed through the store's front door. A 70-year-old man who was coming into the store was injured and taken to a local hospital.

Police say they're still investigating the accident.

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  • by K on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    To OSOC: Since you couldn't tell...I was joking.I now remember why I stopped commenting on news stories! My son does know the difference between the brake and the accelerator but he'll never learn how to drive unless you put him behind the wheel. My son will go for his license when I feel that he is mature enough to take on the task of driving and doing it safely. I don't see how anyone can judge who should and who should not have driving tests to make sure they are capable of driving. I've been driving for 21 years and from what I've seen...It's young and old drivers who are driving dangerously. No one is paying attention anymore...They are reading books, putting on makeup, talking on the phone or texting a message all while they are all rushing to get somewhere and getting impatient with others who are trying to drive safely.
  • by ggirl Location: Windsor on Feb 16, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    This happens more than you know. Prayers for all that were injured and involved.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 16, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    How is it that hard to determine the difference? The brake is to the left of the acceleratior and the brake is up whereas the accelerator is closer to the floorboard. The brake is a different shape and size than the accelerator also. It's not a matter of if someone can feel their feet or not. Cindy just to let you know, I thought about this since I've had my license and now I'm 31. To Clem Speaking of Toyota, I heard of a wreck near Hertford in Perquimans County that involved the gas pedal on a guys truck(don't remember if it was a tacoma or a tundra).
  • by Clem on Feb 16, 2010 at 04:05 AM
    Maybe he was driving a Toyota :)
  • by Susie Location: Vanceboro on Feb 16, 2010 at 12:45 AM
    His name is Elbert not Albert
  • by perfectly natural on Feb 15, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    He may have been diabetic and couldn't feel his feet.
  • by lynda Location: greenville on Feb 15, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    everyone should have a driving test every 5 or 10 yrs, but over age 65 we should shorten that time span to 2 yrs! a lot can happen medically to a person of that age that changes their ability to make quick decisions or even motions, much less their vision, and just checking their vision whenever their liscence expires is NOT adequate.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Feb 15, 2010 at 03:51 PM
    Back the boat up already, if your 16 year old doesn't know the difference, keep them off the road!!!! This is about safety to you child, your gettin this? Its sort of like reading stories on witn about some youth being killed for nothing, I hate to read it and know the loss. K, if he is still learning, don't let him drive until he knows. It ain't about spelling, its a matter of life and death on the roads. It is more dangerous than kids without training with a weapon, you don't let them have it until they prove they know how to shoot. Sorry, I witness an accident where a young girl was killed for making the same mistake, it still haunts me.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 15, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    OMG, thank God for the spelling police, ain't they great?
  • by meme Location: micro on Feb 15, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    To Alice: If NC is going to make everyone over the age of 60 take a driving test, then everyone who drives should take one every five years. The attitude on the road now is "get out of my way, I'm coming thru". Most drivers have no consideration at all for others on the road. Anyone can make a mistake, have made a few myself, but have had no accidents or tickets and I'm 67.
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