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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.

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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