A Scituate woman is facing charges of negligent operation after allegedly driving her vehicle into the front of the Aubuchon Hardware Store in Cohasset on Sunday.
According to police, the department's dispatcher received several calls at 3:45 p.m. for a vehicle that had crashed through the front glass window of the hardware store.
When officers arrived, they found a Honda in the middle of the store’s showroom. Officers spoke to the driver, who said she hit the wrong pedal while backing up to the front of the store.
Police said no one was injured in the accident, though there were “several people in the store that had to run for their lives,” said Cohasset Acting Police Chief William Quigley.
Further investigation showed that the woman had retrofitted the vehicle with a homemade pedal extender, taking a block of wood and using duct tape to attach it to the gas pedal.
“She’s only five feet tall and couldn’t reach pedals effectively,” Quigley said. “She got creative, apparently, and put this block on the pedal, and that contributed to the accident.”
The accident took out an entire aisle of fake Christmas trees and substantially damaged other merchandise, shelving, and a counter in the store, police said.
The building inspector determined that the building was still structurally sound despite the accident, Quigley said, and Aubuchon opened on Monday with plans to have the glass replaced.
Carol A. McGurl, 51, from Scituate, will be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle for the alteration of the control pedals.
Quigley said McGurl, who will answer to the charges at Quincy District Court in coming weeks, had no driving record prior to this incident.