UPDATE: Police Release Details Surrounding Crash at Carter's

An elderly woman crashed her SUV into Carter's Saturday afternoon. No one was seriously injured in the accident.

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It was lucky no one was seriously injured in a crash Saturday at the Algonquin Commons, police said Monday.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, a 78-year-old woman driving a sports utility vehicle crashed through the front door of Carter’s, 2102 South Randall Road, on what was an extremely busy holiday shopping day at the Algonquin Commons.

The woman, whose name was not immediately available, told police she accidentally pressed on the accelerator instead of her brake while parking at the commons. Her SUV then jumped an island, knocked down a metal fence, went across another island, across the access road, up onto the sidewalk and into the front door of Carter’s, said Sgt. Ryan Markham, of the Algonquin Police Department.

While the driver was taken to Sherman Hospital to be checked out — and has since been treated and released — no one else was injured or hit during the crash, Markham said. 

“It’s pretty amazing that she didn’t make any contact with anyone,” he said.

The SUV went about four feet into the Carter’s store, which is a popular children’s clothing retailer. At the time of the accident, all of the employees and shoppers were toward the middle or back of the store, Markham said.

“Lukcily, there was no one toward the front of the store,” he said.

Carter’s was forced to close Saturday but was able to re-open Sunday, said Lindsay Major, assistant marketing diretor for Inland Real Estate. Debris and glass from the accident was scattered into the store.

It’s unclear if the woman will receive a citation for the accident. The Algonquin Police Department will be following up with her in coming days regarding the incident.

The above information was updated at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. 


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A woman driving a sports utility vehicle crashed through the window at Carter's, 2102 South Randall Road, around 1 p.m. Saturday on what is expected to be a very busy holiday shopping day. 

No one was hit on the sidewalk and no one was hurt in the store, officials on the scene told Patch. 

The woman driving the SUV was transported by ambulance for treatment of injuries. 

Patch will update with more information when it becomes available. 

Si December 18, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Dan, there needs to be a ban on All your nasty, derogatory comments on here.
Jamiedog December 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
In the case with this elderly driver, given that she not only crossed over a metal fence, two islands, an access road and a sidewalk.... If she had only accidentally gone through ONE of these areas I think we could understand it a bit to be a real accident. But to have her go through ALL of these "barriers" maybe she needs her license revoked for a while? It's just incredibly lucky that she did not hit any innocent shoppers. How unfortunate for the owner of the Carter's children's store to have to close that Saturday because of this (possibly one of the busiest shopping days for the store). If I were that store's manager, I'd look at traditional sales for that day of business and look into going after any realistic loss-of-sales benefit their store accrued because of this driver's mistakes.
D.R. December 18, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Doesn't add up to me. She accidently pressed on the accelerator and "Her SUV then jumped an island, knocked down a metal fence, went across another island, across the access road, up onto the sidewalk and into the front door of Carter’s". I don't think so. As soon as the car is not going where you expect, at the very LEAST you remove your foot from the petal it is on, if not realizing your mistake quickly (even relatively quickly for an elderly person) and press the other petal, or allow the vehicle to roll to a stop. Not continue to drive at high enough speeds to crash through many barriers including a store front. I wonder if she gets enough attention from her family. It's a hard time of year for someone who is not included or paid attention to. This would certainly make your loved ones pay some attention.
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