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Car Crashes Into Lakehurst Gas Station; One Injured

Crash occurred at Hall's Gulf Service on Route 70

One person was injured when a car crashed into the in Lakehurst Monday afternoon.

A sedan broke through the station's front window, knocking down a portion of the brick wall. A man seated against the window at the time of the crash received minor injuries, said Chief of Police Eric Higgins. The man's name has not yet been released by police.

Police said that it appears the driver of the car, 94-year-old Virginia Sottman of Manchester, confused the brake and gas pedals while driving through the station's lot at about 3:20 p.m. The crash remains under investigation, Higgins said. 

"It sounded like a shotgun going off," said mechanic Kenny Bruno, who was working the front desk when the car crashed through the window, just feet in front of him.

"Everybody yelled 'shut the car off' and she did," Bruno said, as the sedan's spinning tires spewed smoke.

The building was evacuated after the crash, said owner Tim Patenaude.

Construction officials are expected to arrive at the scene to determine if the structure is safe. 

Traffic in the area was unaffected, Higgins said, as the crash area was contained to the station's lot. Fire crews from Lakehurst and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the Lakehurst First Aid Squad also responded to the scene.

Nancy Vanderham April 02, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Can you say re-test?
Minnie April 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Love the break special in window!!! Maybe they should have read it!
S-MAN April 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
When I read the headline in my email, I said "I bet it was a Senior mistaking the gas for the brake". A regular occurance around here.
Mark Wendell April 02, 2012 at 10:28 PM
94 and still driving, lucky no one was killed. unreal. Maybe she will be back on road and running down people at the Shop Rite next week.
ray April 03, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Wow! First motorcyclists. Now AARP has put out a bounty on gas stations!!! You're next!
Phyllis April 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I'm a senior citizen. - 69 - I feel I am not able to make split second decisions, and therefore do not drive any longer. Very inconvenient, but I want to live longer and the guilt of having killed someone I can even phanthom!! Re-test is not enuf.
ballyjduf April 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
SOME OF THESE OLDER DRIVERS CHILDREN SAY ITS OK THEY ONLY DRIVE IN MANCHESTER .....GET THESE OUT OF THEIR MIND DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD. THEIR CHILDREN DROP THEM OFF IN A RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT . AND FORGET ABOUT THEM . PLEASE NOTE : NOT ALL OLDER DRIVER ARE BAD DRIVERS . THE ONES THAT ARE SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE , THE DOCTOR WON'T BECAUSE THEY WOULD LOSS $$$ . THE POLITICANS WON'T BECAUSE THEY VOTE . AND SO ON AND SO ON ..
ballyjduf April 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM
SOME OF THESE OLDER DRIVERS CHILDREN SAY ITS OK THEY ONLY DRIVE IN MANCHESTER .....GET THESE OUT OF THEIR MIND DRIVERS OFF THE ROAD. THEIR CHILDREN DROP THEM OFF IN A RETIREMENT DEVELOPMENT . AND FORGET ABOUT THEM . PLEASE NOTE : NOT ALL OLDER DRIVER ARE BAD DRIVERS . THE ONES THAT ARE SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE , THE DOCTOR WON'T BECAUSE THEY WOULD LOSS $$$ . THE POLITICANS WON'T BECAUSE THEY VOTE . AND SO ON AND SO ON ..
J P M April 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Sorry but a retest at age 90 is a must. Every one has Loved ones who drive. Be careful out there !
carol Loconte April 03, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thank God no one was hurt. Seniors if you feel confusion anytime. Its time to rethink about driving.
Steve P April 04, 2012 at 11:03 AM
The same day a in Whiting someone drove into the bank. You know that Manchester Mayor won't allow Manchester PD to submit re-Val on the seniors. How will his voters get to the polls this year, They have to be able to drive, no matter what the cost. As long as Fressola gets them there to vote for him again.
Michael Borris April 04, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I work in Whiting and drive route 70 twice a day.. I have seen very scary driving habits on my obstacle course to work every day.. It's insane, swerving, doing 25 miles under the speed limit, taking the scenic journey "look at the lovely pine trees dear".. It's crazy, no wonder so many people have road rage. I think there should be a permanent police presence on School House Road alone. Fressola would get his salary in a day between no signal turns and illegal lane changes.. Just sayin'
ballyjduf April 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
They have to be able to drive, no matter what the cost. As long as Fressola gets them there to vote for him again."
Mark Wendell April 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
HaHa

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