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Car jumps curb, hits diners at Cameron Village restaurant

Posted September 4, 2011
Updated September 5, 2011

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— A vehicle struck three women and damaged a restaurant in the Cameron Village shopping center in Raleigh Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police said Betty Jo Boykin Sledge, 55, of Raleigh, was pulling into a parking space outside the Noodles and Company restaurant in the shopping center when she accelerated, drove over the curb and into the outdoor seating area shortly before 2 p.m.

Going around 10 mph, Sledge's 2003 Lexus sedan struck three women sitting together at an outdoor table, then bounced off the restaurant front and came to a stop, according to the wreck report.

"We heard a really loud noise, and obviously, it was some kind of car crash," said Mary Chandler, who works in a store across the street. "I saw a ton of people start running."

Other witnesses said one of the victims was pinned against the restaurant by Sledge's car.

"I just saw a lady laying on the ground with her feet propped up on a chair. Her feet were wrapped, like, it looked like they were wrapped in towels," Chandler said. "I actually got emotional, so I had to walk back into the store because I just obviously felt really bad."

Judith Igelman, 68, of Wake Forest, was in serious condition at WakeMed Sunday night. Police said her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Suzanne Vogel, 31, of Raleigh, and Karellen Haire, 31, of Garner, were treated and released from WakeMed.

Four injured when car jumps curb outside Cameron Village restaurant Four injured when car jumps curb at Cameron Village

Sledge was taken to Rex Hospital. Her condition was not released. Two passengers in her car were not injured.

The wreck did about $2,000 worth of damage to the Noodles and Company restaurant, the wreck report stated.

It wasn't clear whether charges would be filed.

The wreck report stated that Sledge was in apparently normal physical condition and that drugs or alcohol were not suspected to be factors. Chandler, who works in a store across the street, said a shopper overheard Sledge saying she thought she was in reverse.

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  • whereisthedonkeyshow Sep 5, 2011

    Arrest her for driving while impaired. Any type of impairment should be punished by DWI laws.

  • storchheim Sep 5, 2011

    Thanks for the laugh, Dr House!

  • storchheim Sep 5, 2011

    55 years old is hardly blue-hair.

  • Karmageddon Sep 5, 2011

    This gives a whole new meaning to the term "take out"

  • ger Sep 5, 2011

    earlier a lady in a Camry wrecked . It may be driver error but why is it always a Toyota product. I have seen enough,no Toyota for me or my family

  • jwood011 Sep 5, 2011

    Most stores have concrete posts to prevent things like this from happening - you'd think that a restaurant with outdoor seating would too smh

  • Dr. Obvious Sep 5, 2011

    This is why I don't put my dining room table out in the front yard near the street.

  • astrokin Sep 5, 2011

    Is this an instance of SUDDEN VEHICLE ACCELERATION supposedly fixed by TOYOTA?

    No, I think you just found out what caused all of those "sudden vehicle accelerations" though..... The DRIVER....

  • udaycoosay Sep 5, 2011

    It's not the car's fault, it is the fault of the driver.

  • Rolling Along Sep 5, 2011

    I think it is more of a case of poor driver.

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