Elderly woman accidentally hits accelerator when trying to stop
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
Although Check’nGo does not provide drive-through service, such service was ultimately created Wednesday afternoon via a vehicle accident. Emergency response teams were happy to report no injuries occurred as a result of the incident.
Liberal Police Department Captain Patrick McClurg said a call was received at 12:40 p.m., that a woman had driven through the front window of the 630 North Kansas Avenue business.
“Yesterday, we received a call of a possible injury accident at Check’nGo,” McClurg said. “Officers responded and saw that a blue 1995 Ford Contour had driven through the building. They were able to determine that when the 83-year-old driver of that vehicle was attempting to stop in the parking lot, she accidentally hit the gas and drove into the building – causing some pretty major damage to the building. Nobody was injured.”
Including extensive damage to the structure of the building, McClurg said another vehicle was affected by the incident.
“There was damage to the building, of course,” he said. “And there was another parked car in the lot that was also damaged, I think by debris.”
Along with the LPD, Seward County Emergency Medical Services and the Liberal Fire Department were on the scene to offer assistance.
Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk said the LFD checks for fire hazards as well as making certain the sight is secured.
“We responded to it as a vehicle accident with injuries,” Kirk said. “Once we find what it is, we check the structural stability and make sure it doesn’t initiate any fire hazards with the gas and electric.
“Then the building department gets involved and making sure they repair it right,” he explained. “We basically helped with cleanup and securing the building and getting out of there.”