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Man drives onto Cracker Barrel porch

Posted July 30, 2008

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— A man trying to park Wednesday morning outside a Durham-area Cracker Barrel hit the gas rather than the brakes and launched his car onto the restaurant's porch.

The incident happened just after 10:30 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel at 3703 Hillsborough Road, according to Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

The Toyota Tercel clipped a handicapped parking sign and a bench on the porch before coming to stop. Police believe that steel cables used to anchor chairs on the restaurant porch stopped the car just short of the building.

The driver, whom police identified only as a man in his 70s, was not injured.

Michael said the accident caused about $3,500 in damage.

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  • Adelinthe Jul 30, 2008

    rickybobby - "If we force commercial pilots to retire at age 60, then we should force the american public to get re-tested for their driver's licenses."

    Starting at age 18 - cause age rarely has anything to do with accidents.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 30, 2008

    pstadwtr - "You folks need to find something to do. My dad is over 70 and is the furthest from feeble or absent minded"

    AMEN, AND AMEN!!!

    It isn't always about age, or color, or gender...sometimes a thing is just a thing.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jul 30, 2008

    Ooops, Drive Thru Now Open.

    Hey, this could happen to anyone. Even happened to a 21 year old girl that ran through the bushes and up on the grass of a church down on Hillsborough a few years back.

    Thank God no one was injured.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • ILuvJetNoise Jul 30, 2008

    If we force commercial pilots to retire at age 60, then we should force the american public to get re-tested for their driver's licenses.

  • Anne N Jul 30, 2008

    jstadwtr - True mistakes are mistakes but what would it hurt to be re-tested at a certain age?? I mean think about it...most of us where tested at the age of 16 maybe 17?

  • jstadwtr Jul 30, 2008

    You folks need to find something to do. My dad is over 70 and is the furthest from feeble or absent minded. Just his hand shake will prove that. 70 today is what 55 or 60 was when I was a child. Careful how you label folks by there age. There are plenty of bad drivers regardless. Or maybe one just made a mistake. Hmmmm.

  • luvdolphin2 Jul 30, 2008

    maybe he wanted to place a drive thru order! LOL

    I know that was wrong. I'm sorry but i couldn't help myeslf.

  • aintbackingdwn Jul 30, 2008

    Go get em Homer. Repeat after me...Gas on your right, brake on your left

  • nuncvendetta Jul 30, 2008

    I'm sure that's the most excitement the over-70s crowd at the Barrel has witnessed in years. Well, that and the "avant-garde" hashbrown casserole that they added to the menu.

  • scarletindurham Jul 30, 2008

    When I was younger, church had just let out and we were all standing outside talking with our neighbors. A 70-something year old woman was trying to pull out of the lot and ended up in reverse instead of drive and pummelled into the side of the church, pinning an 8-year old boy underneath. His legs were so damaged he had to have multiple surgeries and was in a wheelchair for almost a year. I'm sure this is just one of many many stories of people getting hurt or damage done by elderly folks who are visually or mentally impaired and are allowed to drive. How many people will have to get hurt in this country every year in order for this issue not to be one of "prejudice" but simple common sense: SENIOR CITIZENS NEED TO BE RE-TESTED.

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