Unmanned car crashes into Bockman Shell

By | March 28, 2013 12:00 am

This Hyundai became sandwiched between the Bockman Way Shell station and cars parked along the side of the building after it rolled down Moore Street. The Hyundai’s owner had exited the vehicle, believing it was in park, but was actually still in drive, according to a report by Sparta Police Department.

A Sparta woman thought she had parked her car near the Dance Academy on Moore Street, only to see it take off without her, crashing through two fences and into the Shell Station car wash, before coming to rest after hitting the main building of the Shell Station.
According to Sparta Police Officer Brent Copeland, Peggy Davis, 66, of Sparta, parked her 2005 Hyundai HG350 near the Dance Academy and exited the vehicle. As the vehicle began rolling forward, Officer Copeland says that Davis attempted to get back in the vehicle to stop it.
Officer Copeland reports that the vehicle traveled through two fences at the Sparta mini-storage, at which point Davis reportedly let go of the vehicle. The car continued to travel forward, crashing into the carwash at the Shell Station on Bockman Way, taking down the air pump on the side.
The car reportedly bounced off the car wash and hit the side of the main building of the car wash, where it became sandwiched between the building and the cars parked on the side of the building.
Two vehicles, a 2001 Honda Accord owned by Linda Luna, and a 1995 Mercury Villager owned by Denise Smith, were damaged in the crash.
According to Officer Copeland, Davis mistakenly believed her car was in park, however, it was still in drive, which caused it to roll down the hill.
Davis was transported to Highlands Medical Center for minor leg injuries and was released later that day.

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