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Car Crashes Into Fort Lauderdale Panera Bread

February 14, 2020

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- writes that a driver crashed through the front of a Panera Bread restaurant this week in Fort Lauderdale. The vehicle drove through the dining area and ended up halfway into the shop by the time it came to a stop.*

Video from the scene shows the ground covered in broken glass. The vehicle was recognized as a BMW X5 SUV, which sustained damaged in the wreck. The driver, identified as a woman, was in the car with her eight-year-old child at the time of the incident. According to reports, the woman stated that she struck the gas pedal when she intended to hit the brakes. The incident occurred in the late afternoon following the lunch-time rush, which locals say was fortunate as few people were in the shop at the time. It is not yet clear whether the driver will be facing citations for the crash. 

Cars crash into storefronts around the country about 60 times every day. Hundreds of people die each year in these instances. The leading cause of storefront collisions is driver error, but pedal errors are a close second. Many of these incidents seem to result from people meaning to press the brakes and striking the gas instead. Safety experts believe that the arrangement of many parking lots creates a risk to storefronts. Having parking spots face directly into store windows where people may be shopping, eating, or drinking coffee means that a momentary pedal mix up can lead to tragic results. Better-designed parking lots could help cut down on the number of these crashes that occur each year. 

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