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Car Was ‘Straight In’ Through Front of Fashion Bug

A car that drove through the front of Fashion Bug in Reisterstown Saturday was completely inside the store, employees of nearby businesses said.

Donell Brooks was sitting in his car in front of the in Reisterstown Sunday around 12:30 p.m.

A security officer with Ellicott City-based Code 3 Security & Protection Services, Brooks had been there since 4 a.m. to guard the Cherry Vale Shopping Center store. An elderly woman Saturday, knocking out the alarm system in the process.

“It’s real empty at 4, 5, 6 a.m. around here,” said Brooks, whose company will be there 24 hours a day until the store reopens. “Somebody walking by could say ‘hey, a store’s open.’”

A 76-year-old woman was parking in front of the Fashion Bug Saturday when she drove her Subaru Outback into the store. Baltimore County Police responded to the scene around 11:36 a.m. and found the vehicle completely inside the store, according to a news release.

“The car was straight in, front end,” said Judy Palmisano, department manager at the a few doors down. “[The driver] must have thought she had it in reverse.”

A 72-year-old customer who was inside the store was transported to Sinai Hospital’s trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver and an elderly female passenger were transported to Northwest Hospital for evaluation, police said.

Gas Giant September 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Here is YET ANOTHER CASE of a senior citizen driving a car who no longer has any business driving. When will the Maryland General Assembly enact a law that requires EVERYONE to re-take their full driving test (which should include a short trip on I-695) at ages 60, 65, 70, and then every 2 years thereafter. I guess that we will have to wait until the umpteenth tragedy where someone who has no business driving in the first place kills 5-10 innocent people before the bums in Annapolis will finally do something. By the way, in the interest of full disclosure, I am 64 years old and I don't have any problems with this requirement. And as far as I am concerned if you do have concerns with this re-testing program then it's probably because YOU should not be driving any longer.
Buck Harmon September 17, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Most of the bums that you refer to in Annapolis are either a part of the age brackets that you suggest, or soon will be.....next question...
Chuck Burton September 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I am 83 and would be agreeable to a retesting.
Gas Giant September 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Way to go Chuck. You sound like you are probably one of those seniors who SHOULD still be driving. My mother, on the other hand, was too frightened to ever enter the beltway and had a number of other places that she woul dnot go with her car. Thank God she gave up her license rather then endure retesting.
j.smith September 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
These seniors need to take an annual test if they want to keep driving. It's crazy out there. They can't see over the wheel sometimes.
Tim September 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
You guys remember, not that long ago, when seniors got the best insurance rates?
Deb Patterson September 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
While I agree with you, I also don't think that most 16, 17 and 18-year olds should be on the road either. They might be able to see over the wheel, but they have a hard time keeping their eyes focused on the road.
Tim September 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
ha, I know a lot of adults age regardless who have this issue, Deb.
Bob R. September 18, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I agree with this conversation, but as the father of a teen who just got her license, I can tell you the problem with this line of thought.....manpower. You can no longer just walk in and take the driving test without an appointment. At this point because the DMV is so short-staffed, it takes 6-8 weeks to get an appointment at any DMV anywhere close to the Baltimore area. I know this sounds far-fetched, but believe me, I just lived throught this nightmare. If we start requiring Seniors to re-test then we will probably be looking at 3 months or more to get an appointment. The only way around this issue would be to hire more DMV employees. Of course that would require more tax dollars which let's face it, no politician is going to agree to, given the current political climate.
Gas Giant September 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Maybe if there was a requirement for re-testing senior drivers, with more and more of them taking the tests more revenue would come in (this re-testing would not be free) and then the DMV could AFFORD to hire more driving examiners.

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