A car slammed into a North Baltimore CVS/Pharmacy store yesterday after the driver's foot apparently slipped off the brake pedal, ripping an 8-foot-tall hole in the building and toppling shelves of merchandise.
The accident happened just after 10 a.m. in the 4600 block of Falls Road when 83-year-old Marguerite E. Muller's dark red 1997 Cadillac Catera smashed through the west wall. Police said about a half-dozen people were in the store, but no one was injured.
"My foot must have slipped and landed on the accelerator," said Muller of the 5600 block of Wildwood Lane in North Baltimore. She was pulling into the pharmacy's parking lot when her foot slipped, possibly because her shoe soles were slippery from yesterday morning's rain, she said.
After the accident, broken bricks, jagged glass and shattered Sheetrock buried a pile of merchandise shelves, leaving batteries, suntan lotion, cigarettes, deck chairs and children's videos strewn about the store. The store reopened at 11: 15 a.m.
Police did not charge Muller, who was not injured.
"I just thank God no one was standing there," said the store manager, Frank Remillard, pointing to the closed-off area. The accident happened on a busy shopping day, he said.
"This is bad timing, that's for sure," said Remillard. Hours later, however, he said the store was "almost back to normal."
City building and fire inspectors said no serious structural damage occurred. An estimate for the repairs wasn't available yesterday.
Police said customers didn't panic. "Everybody had a pretty cool head," said Officer Richard Gallion.
The accident's aftermath caused comment and curiosity from passers-by.
"You don't see that every day," said Stuart Richardson, 66, of Cross Keys, as he entered the store.
Pub Date: 5/10/98