No One Hurt After SUV Hits Store

Scary moments for a clerk after a SUV came crashing into the front door of his store.

The Highway Patrol says there will be no charges brought against the elderly driver who drove into the Hustle Mart #3 on Highway 121 north of Farmville.

Troopers say the man had just gotten gas and pulled up close to the front door so other customers could use the pumps. They say the man's foot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the gas.

The man's Jeep Grand Cherokee shattered a front window and broke part of the front wall of the store. Luckily no one was hurt inside in the 1:00 p.m. accident, though the driver was shaken up.


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  • by Matt Location: U.S. on Jan 15, 2010 at 04:07 AM
    Keeping Us Safe has developed the "Enhanced Self-Assessment Program" for senior drivers. This individualized program has been designed to serve as a valuable tool in helping older drivers (and their families) make appropriate decisions regarding the future of ones safe driving career. If the individual is a safe driver, we provide him or her with strategies on how to remain a safe driver as they progress through the aging process. If driving retirement is the appropriate decision, then we provide the individual (and their family) with acceptable alternatives, resources and a very specific plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the drivers seat to the passenger seat. Please visit our website at www.keepingussafe.org to learn more.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 12, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    In recent yrs they've made an effort to change the laws so that you had to come in and test as you got older, to show that you could still safely drive. Unfortunately, someone usually drops the ball at the actual test site. My grandmother (@ 92) managed somehow to get her license renewed in a recent time frame when we all know her eyesight couldn't be good enough to reasonably pass an exam for it. In fact, she herself had finally decided she could no longer drive at night after a close-call incident of being on the wrong side of the road. She didn't take herself off the road completely though... and at the point it became clear she could no longer care for herself due to decline of reasonable mental function, she had a license that would be good for almost another 4 yrs. The only reason she's not on the road is she had to be placed in supervised care, & probably couldn't FIND her car, even if she had her keys (she doesn't). DMV workers too lazy to enforce policies? Maybe.
  • by The Grinch Location: Greenville on Jan 11, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    Gives the word hustle a whole new meaning
  • by Jessica Location: Choco on Jan 11, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    I must say, this doesn't shock me. When I first moved here I went to switch over my DL. While waiting for my turn, I watched an elderly man take his eye test and fail miserably. They looked at him and told him he could renew his DL but he couldn't drive at night, on the highway or above 35 mph. Really, you just gave him his DL back and he can't see?! Scarey I tell ya!
  • by Mustang Location: midstate on Jan 11, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    "So where did you want the drive thru?"
  • by Truth Location: Reality on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    Glad no one was hurt... and no real need for charges to be filed. However, I can't help but wonder when I see "elderly" and an accident of this type--perhaps a driving test may be in order?? Sometimes, sh*..ehh.. stuff... happens regardless of ability... Often times, it's caused by degrading of ability over time.
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