Car with sticking gas pedal crashes into store 2 hurt

September 23, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

A Lincoln Town Car with a sticky gas pedal sped across the parking lot of an Annapolis shopping center yesterday and crashed into a shoe store, injuring two women who were shopping there.

Margaret W. Stewart, 77, of the 600 block of E. Central Ave. in Edgewater told police that when she started her 1993 Lincoln Town Car in a parking space at the Riva Festival shopping center just before 1: 30 p.m., the accelerator stuck on the floor.

The car sped 60 to 80 feet from the parking space, went over a concrete island and crashed into a tree, then jumped a second island and slammed into a brick wall that separates the Payless Shoe Source and Fashion Bug stores, county police spokesman Lt. Jeff Kelly said.

The car continued through the shoe store front and struck zTC Svetlana Kravets, 35, of the 2300 block of Chapel Hill Boulevard in Odenton and shelves that toppled onto 75-year-old Betty M. Wadsworth of Palmetto, Fla.

Both women were flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Kelly said. Kravets was in serious but stable condition and Wadsworth in critical but stable yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Stewart was not injured and was not charged. Police were investigating the incident.

Pub Date: 9/23/97

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