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UPDATE: Elderly Woman Crashes Car Into Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service reports $35,000 of damage.

Updated June 8 at 12:30 p.m. 

Following Tuesday's car crash into the front entry of a Glenview Post Office, initial damage has been assessed at $35,000, Sean Hargadon of the U.S. Postal Service said this morning. 

"There was no structural damage reported to the building," he said. "However, there was cosmetic damage to one of the pillars at the entrance."

(For photos, click on images to the right).

Retail operations will remain open and a patrons should enter using a side door during business hours. A timetable has not been established for the repairs and Hargadon told Patch he's not certain when the repairs will begin.  

For the full story, read below.

Around 8:40 a.m. this morning, an 84-year-old woman crashed her car into the main entry of the police said this afternoon.

The elderly woman was driving a 2011 Toyota Avalon north through the parking lot at 1400 Patriot Boulevard, police reports said. According to one witness, the car appeared to accelerate and then drove over a curb and a portion of sidewalk before hitting the building.

Police and firefighters were on the scene shortly after and the woman was transported by fire truck to for treatment and further evaluation, Sgt. David Sostak told Patch.

There were no passengers in the victim’s vehicle and no one at the post office or in the parking lot was injured, police said.

Due to the damage from impact, the main entry to the post office was closed. The Village of Glenview Building and Zoning Department was notified and inspectors went out to the site as a courtesy, said Village Communications Director Lynne Stiefel.

Because the building is owned by the U.S. Postal Service, Glenview does not have jurisdiction, Stiefel explained.

“Glenview’s inspectors deemed the damage appeared to be confined to the column that forms the covered entryway, and that the column’s brick surround was damaged but not the column itself,” she told Patch via e-mail this afternoon. “They suggested the damage area be fenced off in some way as a safety precaution.”

Details regarding a repair timetable and associated repair costs is not yet available from the U.S. Postal Service. Stay tuned to Glenview Patch for updates.

Hlavacek Florist of Glenview June 07, 2011 at 10:55 PM
I used to have flower shop in lincolnwood and on the second day that I took over the shop I had a 83 year old lady crash into my floral shop. same thing she accelerated right into my shop and into my cooler, i had just gotten out of it and walked back to make an arrangement and all of a sudden i heard a loud crash! If she had come a few seconds earlier i would not be here today! thanks goodness! because i love our shop Hlavacek Florist of Glenview!
J C June 08, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Why is she referred to as a victim. Would she not be the perpetrator..?
Joanna Schneider June 08, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Very good question. Police are referring to her as a victim because she was injured. No details on what caused the woman to crash into the post office are currently available. Stay tuned for updates!
GM Langer June 08, 2011 at 05:23 PM
I believe I was the only eye witness to this accident and it appeared to me that this woman's accelerator stuck as she was entering the parking lot from the south. She was driving a Toyota, a brand which is alleged to have this problem. From the look of terror on her face, it was obvious she had no control of her speed at that point. How about focusing on being grateful no one was badly hurt instead of judging an event for which you were not present?
Michael Melinger June 08, 2011 at 10:04 PM
We deal with many families who are at the stage where they need to have difficult conversations with their elders. Our company sponsors an initiative called the 40/70 Rule - which refers to the idea that if you are over age 40 or your parents are over age 70, its a good idea to start discussing a number of topics like Power of Attorney, Advanced Directives, and many other touchy but important issues like when to give up the keys. Visit http://www.caregiverstress.com/2010/12/the-40-70-rule-2/ for more info. Mike Melinger www.homeinstead.com/383
J C June 08, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Well sir, Having worked as an automotive technician for 35 years, I can assure you 98% of alleged stuck accelerator pedals are "pedal misapplication" or "loose objects" in the driver compartment. And had you even been in the car, You would not have been able to see which "pedal" her foot was on.
J C June 09, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Spamming Patch...Tisk ...Tisk............Tisk......

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