88-Year-Old Driver Crashes Into Storefront in Manchester [PHOTOS]

An 88-year-old driver suffered multiple injuries after crashing into a storefront in Manchester.

At approximately 1:30 pm today, officers of the Manchester Township Police Department were dispatched to 400 Lacey Road, Whiting Commons, for the report of a vehicle into the front of the building.

Upon arrival, officers observed a black 2020 Hyundai Tucson with extensive front end damage against the building of 400 Lacey Road, specifically the H&R Block and Wine World stores. The investigation revealed that the Hyundai was traveling through an aisle in the parking lot of 400 Lacey Road where it began to accelerate.  The Hyundai then drove over the curb, onto the sidewalk area in front of the building and subsequently impacted the building.  The impact caused extensive damage to the store front of both the H&R Block and Wine World.

The driver and sole occupant of the Hyundai, 88-year-old Mary McGowan of Whiting, NJ, suffered multiple injuries, including injuries to her neck, back, chest and face.  She was transported to Community Medical Center by ambulance for apparent non-life-threatening injuries.  McGowan was found to have been wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and the Hyundai had multiple airbag deployment.

Assisting at the scene were EMTs and Firefighters from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, and Robert Wood Johnson Paramedic, as well as the Manchester Township Building Inspector.  The investigation into the crash is still ongoing but at this point, driver error appears to be the primary contributing factor.  This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Michael O’Hara of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

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  1. i am 85 years old and am still able to drive safely. i am careful to limit my driving to short distances in my community. i believe that, when a driver reaches a certain age, perhaps 75 or maybe upon being eligible to receive social security, the driver should be required to retake the driving test and every few years following. if the test oks the driver than there will no longer be an excuse to argue with your children

  2. Imagine if anyone was on the sidewalk at that moment! I was parked nearby and ready to walk right over there when I heard, “BOOM!” There could have been any number if pedestrians on that sidewalk when the driver crashed through it at 50+ mph. STOP driving when you live to be around 80 years old before something like this occurs and results in many tragedies.

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