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Elderly driver crashes SUV into East LA store

An SUV is seen after the driver crashed into a Western Union store in East Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
June 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
An elderly man crashed his SUV into a Western Union check cashing outlet in East Los Angeles on Saturday.

It happened at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Hubbard Street. Officials say the driver, believed to be in his 70s, mistook the accelerator for the brake as he pulled into a parking spot.

No customers were in front of the vehicle at the time.

"The ladies inside, they had that look, that smiling look on their face that it was nice that the vehicle stopped short of their counter," said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Thomas Ewald. "Nobody was hurt, nobody was injured. The driver was little shaken up."

The driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Fire officials say the structure was not impacted, but personnel from building and safety will check the building to make sure it's safe to occupy.


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