Man crashes into Ridgeland senior center, injuring 4

info@islandpacket.comDecember 31, 2013 

A Toyota sedan crashed through the doors of the Jasper County Council on Aging's building on Wise Street around 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31, 2013, Council on Aging director Kathy Hightower said. Hightower said the car went through the building's double doors and ended up in a lunch room in the center.

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An elderly driver crashed through the doors of a Ridgeland senior center Tuesday, injuring four people inside, according to a Ridgeland Police Department news release.

An 84-year-old driver was trying to park his Toyota Camry sedan in a space outside the Jasper County Council on Aging center around 9:45 a.m. when he hit the accelerator instead of the brake, sending the car through the building's rear entrance on Wise Street, the release said. The driver is a client at the senior center.

Council on Aging director Kathy Hightower said the car crashed through the double doors and ended up in a lunchroom.

The four injured people were taken to St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah. Hightower said they were coherent during the trip to the hospital. One of them contacted the center by 2 p.m. to let them know how she was doing, Hightower said.

The driver of the sedan was shaken up but refused to be taken to the hospital. He was more concerned about the injured people inside the building, Hightower said. His daughter picked him up at the crash scene and took him to see his regular doctor, she said.

County public works employees boarded up the hole in the building soon after the crash, Hightower said.

Ridgeland police are still investigating, and no charges have been filed, the release said.

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