United Postal Service Store Damaged in Deerfield Beach, Florida SUV Collision

November 21, 2012

By Elaina Robbins on November 21, 2012 10:02 PM |

A United Postal Service store was damaged Friday when a SUV drove through its storefront, reports indicate. The vehicle apparently proceeded through the glass and steel edifice before coming to a stop. Luckily no injuries were reported in the accident. The driver of the SUV was identified only as a woman in her 60's. Also in her vehicle was a passenger identified as the driver's 92-year-old mother. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. So far, no charges have been pressed against the driver. It is unclear whether speed, distraction, or a possible medical condition played a role in the accident.

Reports say the accident occurred around 4:00 Friday evening at a UPS Store located at 1121 South Military Trail. The store was open and serving customers when a Toyota Camry, driven by the unidentified driver, drove towards the storefront. Witnesses on the scene say the SUV did not seem to slow down at all smashing through the store's front glass wall.

On man, later identified as the store's supervisor, was in the path of the vehicle but was able to get out of the way. He told reporters, "I jumped a chair, jumped the counter, and the car was there. My employee said I jumped like 20 feet... I looked like Spiderman." Adding, "Honestly, I don't know how I'm standing right now... I was where the car was."

Another witness described the crash as a "big explosion." Afterwards, reports say the driver and passenger remained in their vehicle, clearly shaken. "They stayed inside the car. She was shaking. We offered her some water," a witness said.

Fire rescue teams and paramedics arrived on the scene afterwards. No injuries were reported and building inspectors say the store's structure is stable. However, the store will need to be closed down while repairs are done.

In other news, one person was killed in a Pompano Beach, Florida accident Monday after he rear-ended a large truck at an intersection, news sources indicate. The driver of the car, whose name has been withheld until family is notified, was pronounced dead at the Broward Health North Medical Center. The driver of the truck, identified as Lionel Diego-Molina, 24, of Hialeah, was not injured in the crash. The FHP is still investigating the incident, and no criminal charges have been filed.

Reports say the accident occurred around 4:30 Monday morning along a portion of Sample Road not far the Florida Turnpike. Molina was behind the wheel of a box truck at a red light at the time. When the light switched to green, Molina began to drive across the road. Just then, the driver of a Dodge Neon, failed to stop at their red light and rear-ended Molina. The collision caused the box truck to go into a spiral; t spun across the roadway before toppling onto its side.

When Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and paramedics arrived, they rushed the unidentified driver of the Dodge Neon to the Broward Health North Medical Center. Shortly after, physicians pronounced him dead of his injuries. Molina walked away from the accident without injuries, reports say. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.