Elderly Woman Drives Through Weymouth Dunkin Donuts Window

The 21-year-old employee said the driver stepped on the gas instead of the brake, accelerating over a guard beam and into the building.

Dunkin Donuts employee Krysten Hardy is just lucky no one was injured when a black Chevy Malibu drove through the side window of the building on 77 Washington Street.

Hardy said she was brewing up coffee and training another employee who was working her first day on the job when a car driven by an elderly woman smashed through the building just after 1 p.m.

The 21-year-old employee said the driver stepped on the gas instead of the brake, accelerating over a guard beam and into the building.

The Jaws of Life was needed to extract the woman's husband, who was sitting in a passenger seat, Hardy said.

She said the couple was very apologetic and walked away from the accident without injuries.

"Luckly they all walked away," she said. "That's all that really matters."

Two people, a man and his son, were in the Dunkin Donuts at the time of the accident.  They were not harmed.

The Dunkin Donuts was closed for the rest of the afternoon.  It is expected to reopen on Thursday morning and the Board of Health is expected to be present.

Leo Gorman February 13, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Would somebody please define "elderly"? It seems that whenever someone over 60 has an accident, it was an "elderly" driver. If under 60 years of age, it seems that they don't get a descriptive "name" tag.
KevinR February 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I have felt for a long time that drivers' licenses should expire on 5 year intervals at 25-30-35 years old and so forth right up to 65-70-75-80-85 etc. And an actual road test should be required to get a renewal. This would eliminate age based discrimination and maybe open a few eyes into how driving techniques might get worse over time. And in such a way if anyone regardless of age fails the test, they have to address their own issues and fix what it takes in order to pass one. Otherwise, OFF THE ROAD. Anyone found to be driving with an expired license and failed re-test should then have an automatic moving violation ticket of $500 if they are pulled over for any reason whatsoever. It's called "enforced responsibility". And I'm sure that because I made such a logical common sense statement on how to deal with a simple problem, I will be chastized by neo-cons and libtards alike for either "encroaching on individual liberties" or advocating "big government". Humbug.
MVH February 14, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The definition of elderly in most developed world countries is age 65.


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