June 21, 2018
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Wells woman crashes into Rite Aid after hitting gas pedal instead of brakes

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

WELLS, Maine — A 55-year-old woman crashed her SUV into the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Wells on Sunday after she inadvertently hit her gas pedal instead of her brakes, said a Wells police corporal.

The accident happened about 11 a.m. as the woman was pulling into the store’s parking lot, Wells police Cpl. Stephen Borst said Sunday afternoon. Neither the woman nor her 25-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the 2008 Dodge Durango, were seriously injured, he said.

Also escaping injuries were employees and staff who were inside the building at the time, Borst said.

Borst said that after the motorist hit the gas, her Durango “jumped the curb and went through the front wall near the front entrance. The vehicle penetrated about a foot into the store,” knocking health and beauty supplies off their shelves.

A photograph taken of the store’s interior showed that most of the items knocked to the floor were Burt’s Bees products.

Borst said that despite the crash, the store was allowed to remain open after an inspection by the town’s code enforcement officer and fire department.

He said the woman’s SUV likely will be declared a total loss because of frame and suspension damage. He pegged damage to the Rite Aid at $7,000 to $10,000.

No charges will be filed in connection with the crash, Borst said.

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