Car jumps curb, hits diners at Cameron Village restaurant
Posted September 4, 2011
Updated September 5, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.