Woman Hit Gas Pedal While Parking at Post Office Causing Accident

A pedestrian was treated for non-critical injuries after a woman pressed her gas pedal while parking at an Orland Park Post Office, and drove onto the curb striking the pedestrian and the building.

A 92-year-old Orland Park woman accidentally pressed her gas pedal instead of the brake while parking Saturday at an Orland Park Post Office, causing her to drive up on to the sidewalk.

Emergency teams were called to the United States Post Office at 9500 W. 144th Place around 10:55 a.m. about a car versus pedestrian accident. The driver was parking her 2004 Ford at the post office, and drove up onto the sidewalk after pressing her gas pedal instead of the brake, according to Orland Park Police Commander John Keating.

The woman struck a 25-year-old Orland Park woman and ran into the post office’s brick front wall before stopping, Keating wrote in an email.

Both the driver and pedestrian were taken to Palos Community Hospital. The driver wasn’t injured and the pedestrian experienced non-critical injuries, Keating wrote.

Extent of the damage caused was not immediately available.

Clarification: Patch originally reported the victim's age as 35, as was said by police at the time.

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laura November 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Driving is a privilege, not a right... At the risk of enraging aging drivers (and I include myself as among them!!) we need to mandate regular re-testing of our ability to perform basic functions required to drive safely as we grow older. I remember my own mother had difficulty turning around to spot behind her and didn't recognize she had bumped another car in a parking lot. What if that had been a small child!! We had to stop her from driving after that... no fun, but better than risking peoples' lives, injuries or damage. I'm thinking this elderly lady probably shouldn't have been behind the wheel.
Anna Zaderej November 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I am agreeing with you. BUT, how old are you? Would you rather be trapped inside your home looking at the (4) walls every single day? There has to be an easier way for elderly folks to be able to get out & get their business done. There are more and more elderly people living longer and are healthy enough & mobile enough to get out and do things. I myself wouldn't want to be "STUCK" inside my home and not have the "freedom" to be "mobile"! Elderly folks are hesitant to ask for help. They don't want family memebers viewing them as "dependant on them". They want their independance. Many elderly folks don't have immediate family help or family living nearby. I do agree with you though, being over 90 is a delicate age to be behind the wheel of a car. She should have not been driving. And in the state of IL, elderly folks take driver's exams every year.
Geo November 05, 2012 at 07:00 AM
This is such bs. Govt is supposed to protect its citizens. Local govts refuse to have driving tests for senior citizens because they vote in the highest numbers and they are afraid to lose votes. Absolutely disgusting.
cc November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Correction: the lady hit is only 25.
laura November 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
This is for Anna: Yes, I understand the desire for freedom at all ages of life. I also understand the equally important desire for as much safety as possible when walking or driving. Ask the 35-yo woman who was injured how she feels about the issue. If someone knows s/he is becoming incapable of driving, then lose the "hesitant-to-ask-for-help" attitude and ASK for help There's no shame in being human! There IS shame is hurting another human because of arrogant obstinance. There are agencies that will help people who can no longer drive on their own. And I'm guessing (and yes, I know many elderly are on very strict budgets) but if someone can still afford to own a car, then that person might be able to afford a cab once in a while or at least car pool with more able-bodied drivers. It might even save money in the long run. And it could save lives. And I am in my late 50s, since you needed to know.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I'll check with police on that. Thanks.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Confirmed. Thanks for the heads up.
HS November 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is for Anna as well: I understand where you are coming from when you say that the elderly want their freedom and independence...but do you really think it's fair that this 25 year old is now stuck in HER home, looking at the walls all day, trying to recover, losing all her physical activities/jobs while she recovers?? NO, it's not fair. Driving is a privilege. If you can't drive, then you shouldn't have a license. I'm not talking about just the elderly...it's for ANYONE who has trouble driving. This is disgusting, and I really hope this lady (and all people who can't drive) get serious consequences for this. Luckily she didn't kill anyone.
laura November 06, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Exactly! Thank you.


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