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5-vehicles, Building, Damaged After Driver Loses Control in Parking Lot

WEEKI WACHEE – Fire Rescue responded to a parking lot crash at 7007 Nightwalker Road this morning (Quest Diagnostics), after reports that the driver of a blue Jeep Liberty struck five vehicles –  pushing one into the building.

Witnesses say the female driver appeared to be confused and kept putting the car in the wrong gear; subsequently, smashing into several vehicles.

One vehicle caused minor damage to the building and another was pushed through a hedge row.

It is not known if the injured person was transported the hospital for treatment.

Sheriff’s Deputies are on scene investigating the cause of the crash.

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  • Ah shucks! GOOD THING SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL because she was hurt and still has not fully recovered to this day.charges and lawsuit pending against drs.involved.glad to hear that so many people don’t care about anyone but themselves.please note police have been notified about trespassers on her property.further incidents will result in your arrests.thank you!

    Saturday, 28 May 2016, 10:47 am
  • scary I tell you they could have hit like 5 or 6 people if they were walking

    Monday, 2 May 2016, 7:59 pm
  • Lol.I think we need to contact Steven King and work out the movie rights.starring Tom Cruise etc.we all could become rich and famous.Places Everyone. ACTION !!!!!!

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 1:34 pm
  • You’re all completely wrong. It was actually Tom Cruise in an old lady mask made my the Impossible Missions crew. All was ok, as he hoped to trick the phlebotomist into extracting the blood that contains coded DNA that serves as the launch codes for all the worlds nuclear missiles. But the dashing and cunning Cruise didn’t count on Jack freaking Bauer from CTU showing up and trying to take the last handicapped parking space…..

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:31 am
  • The actual problem is that we are human and prone to make mistakes.no one that drives can say that they have never made a mistake because they would be lying.if people would stop being so impatient and always in a rush to go nowhere.stop for a light or use a turn signal once in awhile it would be very helpful.with over 20 billion drivers on the road today it’s amazing we are as safe as we are.respectfully submitted.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:29 am
    • James, perhaps you might try to focus on your punctuation, use capitalization where needed and rein in your hyperbole; all would lend more credibility to your posts.

      Seriously, “with over 20 billion drivers on the road today it’s amazing we are as safe as we are.”

      Could you explain how that pertains to drivers in Hernando County? Our county has grown tremendously in the last decade or two; but it’s not that large. In fact that’s more than the number of registered drivers in the U.S.

      It’s true we’re all human and can and do, make mistakes. However it is also true that we accept responsibility for our actions when we accept the privilege of driving. The same can be said for all of life. In this case, only vehicles and a structure were harmed and the driver was not injured (she declined EMT care or transport to a hospital). It could have been much worse, innocent people could have been injured.

      Saturday, 30 April 2016, 9:29 pm
  • Actually the main problem with florida drivers as well as many other states is that people are impatient and always in a rush to go nowhere.also would help if turn signals were used and not trying to beat a light that is changing.my point being is that we all make mistakes in our lives that we have to pay for and/or regret later.we’re humans.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:22 am
  • My concern with Florida is the 8 year license. I think it’s too long and should be changed. It should also be a requirement that certain aged people be required to take a driver safety course. Too many accidents in this state that could have been avoided. My heart goes out to all those involved.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:06 am
  • I hear that the accident rate is the highest in florida verses any other state except California.gee! guess that puts everyone on the same page.ohh! Except no one was hurt injured or killed in this one.how many wreaks have you all been in? Old news.boring.move on with life.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 11:06 am
  • @James, excellent post! Hernando Dude you are an A” but then we all know that.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 10:55 am
    • Thanks Jana rae! I think you are an “A” too!! I used to have you as a solid “B” but have efforts have paid off!!

      Sunday, 1 May 2016, 9:12 am
  • The Saudi’s financed the whole plot. I hear she only learned how to put the car in forward and reverse in driving school and never bothered to master turning turning the wheel.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 7:28 am
  • When you become a diabetic and your Dr. Orders a Fasting Blood Test.GEE! What’s wrong with this DR. (Hello!) Think someone should have mentioned ( DO NOT DRIVE ).NOPE. How many of us are medical doctors.( let me guess.NONE OF YOU).we trust them with our lives everyday.SCARY THOUGHT.

    Saturday, 30 April 2016, 12:34 am
    • You post as if you personally know this woman and are privy to her full medical history. Good. Then if she was a diabetic as you claim and was there for a fasting blood lab; why didn’t she have her medication on her person, to take after the blood draw as well as some sort of light snack, to help compensate for any potential negative reaction? I highly doubt this was the woman’s first ever, in her life, blood draw; fasting or otherwise.

      If she didn’t have her medication(s) with her as well as a snack, that would seem to be rather irresponsible of her. After all, if she’s old enough to have a drivers license (whether it’s a good idea or not); then she’s certainly old enough to be responsible for her choices, actions and mistakes.

      Also if, as you claim, “the above driver was on the verge of having a stroke due to medical conditions.”; then why was she able to decline medical assistance from the EMT’s? If she was having a stroke, that too, would have been obvious them.

      Your posts sound like someone desperately grasping for any excuse, however far fetched or obtuse, to rationalize the actions of a driver who is unfit to handle a motor vehicle.

      Saturday, 30 April 2016, 9:17 am
      • I couldn’t agree with you more. James just sounds pissed off at the world and just found an outlet….LOL…

        Sunday, 1 May 2016, 9:54 am
  • When people don’t know the facts of an accident or a persons medical condition they should not be judgemental.the above driver was on the verge of having a stroke due to medical conditions.god forbid anyone of you have a stroke heart attack or any other condition while driving.shame on all of you.pass judgement on yourselves.when did we become a world of uncaring judgemental *******.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:28 pm
    • I didn’t “judge” anyone !! In fact, I just stated facts. This is why I hardly comment on these. Don’t you dare call me an “A-hole” Now who is judging ??? Your comment is part of the problem on these threads !!

      Sunday, 1 May 2016, 9:50 am
  • lol gary if that was true there has to be a plot twist.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:26 pm
  • wrong people, she knew what she was doing it was all part of a well planned and carried out assault to her hit list. one was her nosy neighbor, one was a woman that flirts with her man, another is a wife of a man that she flirts with, and finally the last one was just a car in the way. now tom better check and see how many wrecked auto owners she does know..

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 7:24 pm
  • @Just me, very well said !!, Glad no one was seriously injured, it could have been a lot worse. Feel sorry for all involved.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 5:37 pm
  • She really wanted her handicap parking spot!

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:34 pm
  • somebody give her a twinky

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 4:04 pm
  • This person kept changing direction and hitting more and more vehicles which is just not an accident that is a MAJOR safety issue. They should not be driving for the safety of others. I did put some thought into a possible cause being that they had fasting blood work but took insulin or other diabetic medications without eating causing this level of unawareness of their surroundings but that is still a safety issue if you cannot maintain a healthy medication awareness then you do not need to be driving.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 2:54 pm
  • I was here when it happened. The driver was fine! She told the paramedics she didn’t need to go to the hospital. She also had a walker and oxygen tank. I can see hitting one car. But not 4! Why switch gears and not hit the brake? If I’m not mistaken when your blood sugar is low become lethargic. I don’t think she would have had enough energy, to keep throwing it in and out of gear… rather than just letting the vehicle drive off in the distance. If she had low blood sugar levels. Wouldn’t you think that be the first thing paramedics check?

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 2:38 pm
    • Kelly. If she refused treatment from the medics, then they really can’t do anything. They’re not the police. She probably did have a medical issue and low blood sugar would fall under that. With hypoglycemia, (low blood sugar) you could get confused, weak and tired, but sometimes not realize how bad you actually are. What is really bad about this site is the people who assume things. Why don’t we wait and see the whats, wheres and whys……..just sayin

      Friday, 29 April 2016, 3:32 pm
      • Wasn’t law enforcement called to the scene? If not, why not?

        Once the driver (elderly woman) told paramedics she didn’t want help, it makes sense that law enforcement would step in and do a field sobriety test, to determine at least to some degree, her ability to process requests (mental cognition) and pass basic physical tests (to check on balance and or minimal visual acuity).

        Yes, low blood sugar can cause impairment, BUT, if one is a diabetic and is going in for a fasting lab, then they know to do a few simple, logical things: Bring their oral medications with them to take immediately after a blood draw and something to eat. In insulin dependent, then again, they should know what to do for their health and safety.

        If the above scenario was shown to be the case, it seems the case could be made she should not drive, period. Because she’s shown she isn’t inclined to assume basic responsibility for herself.

        Bottom line is this: Our community has a larger portion of elderly drivers (those over 70). Some can drive well and safely. Some however so cannot. They lack the physical and mental skills needed to safely and responsibly handle a vehicle. Unfortunately no one in any level of government wants to deal with the issue of public safety as it applies to drivers who are long past the age of being road worthy.

        Friday, 29 April 2016, 5:43 pm
  • License exam after 65?, I’d vote for it

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:37 pm
  • I am not surprised this has not happened before today’s accident. The drivers going into this lot have nothing but time on their hands but seem to all be in a big hurry. God forbid they are out of handicap parking spots (almost always) all heck breaks loose.
    Than the majority of the people DO NOT have an appointment at Quest and those that do are taken by their appointment time which creates more stress on these folks who at departure have to back out of their parking space in a narrow/small lot.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:17 pm
  • So sorry to all the victims here…Madea escaped from the psyche ward this mornin’. I’m so so sorry… (lol) 😉

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 1:13 pm
  • That is not a difficult parking lot to use. It’s well planned. Neither weather nor low visibility was involved. However I wouldn’t count on that from preventing the driver of the vehicle, possibly looking at a way to absolve themselves of responsibility for their actions. Perhaps the parking lot is simply ‘bad parking lot’ and the cause of the multiple accidents.

    I’ll plan the devil’s advocate: The driver might have had a ‘medical episode’. It does happen. It’s definitely possible. But sometimes I wonder if it’s a reason given by the problem driver, to attempt to rationalize their actions, after the fact.

    Or it could be a case where the driver is elderly, (70 or older, for example) and could be dealing with vision issues (compromised depth perception, limited peripheral vision; for example), lack of mobility due to joint issues, resulting in them not being able to fully turn their heads to see what is near / around / behind their vehicle. Mirrors are an assisting device, but do not mean one shouldn’t use their body, to see what’s around their vehicle. Or they might have some degree of cognitive issues and their judgement is impaired. In other words, they believe themselves capable of safely and responsibly handling a motor vehicle. Or they could simply be on medications which make operating a vehicle, unwise and unsafe.

    Driving is a privilege, it is not an inalienable right. Whether the driver is a teen, 20, 30 or 40 -something or an elderly driver, 70, 80 or 90 years old or anyone in between; the rules pertaining to safely driver and operating a motor vehicle are the same. If a driver, regardless of age, is incapable of doing so, they need to accept it’s a privilege they cannot handle.

    So let’s see if they release the age of the driver who obviously is not competent to safely and properly handle a vehicle.

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:58 pm
    • n lee. wow a post i finally can get behind or in front of but I def would not get anywhere near that jeep. especially the wrong gear which im shocked she put the car in wrong gear as its clearly marked in all vehicles as its next to the gear clearly labeled right gear.

      Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:24 pm
  • Lady gone crazy

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:54 pm
  • I guess she failed her drug test..at Quest…

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:27 pm
  • Um? She probably shouldn’t be driving if she was confused as to what gear her vehicle needed to be in… And don’t you think she’d stop after hitting the vehicle

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:26 pm
  • Bet she renews her drivers license thru the mail

    Friday, 29 April 2016, 12:01 pm

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