June 20, 2018
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Lewiston woman drives car through front of Auburn laundry

Daniel Hartil | Sun Journal
Daniel Hartil | Sun Journal
This Honda Civic, driven by Lucienne Samson of Lewiston, crashed through the front of the Auburndale Cleaning Center in Auburn on Tuesday afternoon. The car ended up between a wall and a bank of dryers. Samson was not injured. She told the Sun Journal that she had attempted to stop at the curb in front of the store and the car "zoomed" forward.
By Daniel Hartill, Sun Journal

AUBURN, Maine — An 83-year-old woman says she was parking her 2010 Honda Civic Tuesday when it leaped over a cement wheel stop and crashed into an Auburn laundry.

“I was going very slow,” said Lucienne Samson of Lewiston. “I was going to stop. I took my foot off the accelerator and I put my foot on the break and it went like 50 miles an hour. Zoom!”

At about 2:45 p.m, the car smashed through the front of the Auburndale Cleaning Center II in the Taylor Brook Mall Shopping Center. The vehicle stopped when it became wedged beside a row of washing machines.

No one was hurt.

Missy Guay was standing nearby when the accident happened.

“She seemed to be slowing down and all of a sudden there was a squeal of tires,” Guay said.

People in nearby shops heard the impact.

“I heard this boom,” said Mike Flurry, whose wife operates New To You Consignments next door. “I knew immediately that’s what happened.”

Inside the laundry, worker Linda Wilson, who was rolling a basket of sheets up an aisle when the car appeared.

“It was pretty scary,” she said. “I was probably about five feet from her.”

Real estate developer Kevin Fletcher, who owns the building, estimated the damage at more than $10,000. He said he would have to examine the building, looking for signs of structural damage, before he would have a better repair estimate.

Minutes after the crash, Samson insisted that she was unhurt and unshaken.

“I did not press that accelerator to the floor,” she said. “I would have had to press that accelerator to the floor to go like that ”

The Sun Journal examined the last 10 years of Samson’s driving record and she has had no violations.

“I don’t get into accidents,” she said. “I couldn’t stop it. There was nothing I could do.”


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