It was a normal Saturday morning at the Palm Coast Publix supermarket when a 76 year-old Florida woman crashed her car in to the store.
Thelma Wagenhoffer was driving her 2004 Toyota Camry around 1p.m. when she failed to stop at a stop sign in the Publix supermarket's parking lot. Witnesses said that the vehicle was going around 50 mph when it crashed in to the store. The car ended up about 40-50 feet inside the store before coming to a stop by the cash registers.
Surveillance video and the 911 calls were released showing chaos inside the Publix supermarket as frantic shoppers fled for their lives. You could hear screaming in the back ground of the 911 calls as shoppers called to report the accident. Florida Highway Patrol Captain Jerry Crews told the Daytona Beach news, that it was a miracle no one got killed.
A total of 10 people were injured in the accident including an 83 year-old man who was pinned under Wagenhoffer's car. He was one of the 3 that remained hospitalized after the accident. He was listed in serious condition while his 81 year-old wife was listed in fair condition. A 15 year-old girl required 32 stitches on her leg after being hit by glass, and a 3 month-old baby was sitting outside on a bench with his family and only had a bump on his head. Wagenhoffer was unharmed in the accident.
Although the accident is still under investigation, a Flagler County spokeswoman said that Wagenhoffer hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. Investigators did not find any mechanical problems with the car that could have caused the accident.