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SUV plows into furniture store at Durham shopping center

Posted February 10, 2012

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— A SUV crashed into the showroom of a furniture at the Renaissance Center shopping center in Durham on Friday afternoon, police said.

The incident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. at the Furnish123 store, at 6897 Fayetteville Road.

Police said the vehicle's floor mat became entangled on the accelerator and brake pedal, and the driver couldn't stop.

No injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.


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  • earthmama Feb 13, 2012

    Let's ban all car mats!!!

    disclaimer: writer is being sarcastic.

  • WRALSUCKS Feb 10, 2012

    Ah, the convenient drive thru window!

  • ms b Feb 10, 2012

    I was near there today shortly after it happened and a sales clerk told me the woman went through the window at a very high rate of speed. An ambulance was called, but left without a person in it. I don't believe the vehicle was a Toyota. In my mind, a more plausible explanation is that the driver was using a cell phone and hit the gas instead of the brake. There's a curb and at least 5 feet of walkway between the parking lot and the storefront. Just my guess.

  • storchheim Feb 10, 2012

    "Please reread the story for you are way off."

    Do you not have a sense of humor? This was funny stuff!

  • amber829 Feb 10, 2012

    Yet another stupid driver that should not be allowed behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  • rtaylorinnc Feb 10, 2012

    "as400_guru - It is obvious some of you don't recognize sarcasm when you are reading it."

    You are absolutely correct, of course - it's one of things that never ceases to amaze me when I read through these comments. With that in mind, in the spirit of helping out those chosen few, I propose adding the following statement before and after any sarcastic comment:


    In all honesty (no sarcasm here), I don't think it will do much good. Still, if helps just one person, then our efforts will not have been in vain. After all, it takes a village...

  • rtaylorinnc Feb 10, 2012

    So if I'm reading this correctly, the options were to come to a stop by 1) Shifting into neutral (so it obviously doesn't matter if you're pressing the accelerator along with the brake)or 2) Plowing into a nearby business and letting aisle five do your work for you. Hmmm...

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Feb 10, 2012

    the driver couldn't stop? hello....emergency brake...OR idk...put it in park...push on the brakes????

  • as400_guru Feb 10, 2012

    It is obvious some of you don't recognize sarcasm when you are reading it.

  • nctorwart Feb 10, 2012

    This is what happens when we take people's guns away: gangs start doing drive-throughs instead of drive-bys. It's too bad the employees inside the store didn't have cars with them b/c of the liberal gun control, I mean, car control hippies. jackflash123

    What has this comment got to do with the article? I don't see anything about gang drive through.

    Made me laugh.