Bangor driver hits parked car, hardware store

Posted April 19, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine  — A Bangor motorist escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when she accidentally struck a parked car and then crashed into the front of Schacht True Value Hardware.

The accident occurred about 12:45 p.m., as Ruthann Winchester, 67, was backing up in the store’s parking lot off Main Road North, Hampden police Officer Joel Small said.

As she was doing so, Winchester struck an unoccupied silver Lexus registered to Penta-Tech Coated Products of Hampden, Small said.

Small said that Winchester then put her Toyota Rav4 into drive. The officer said that Winchester apparently intended to apply her brakes but instead, mistakenly put her foot on the gas pedal, causing her vehicle to shoot forward into the front of the hardware store.

Damage to both vehicles was “fairly significant,” Small said. A dollar figure was not available. Damage to the store included a cracked window. In addition to the window, merchandise inside was knocked over and several bags of mulch on display in front of the store were damaged, the officer said.

Small said no one at the store was injured and that business continued as usual after the accident.

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