PT Cruiser plows into Archer Road Walmart
Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 8:57 p.m.
A driver was reported in stable condition after plowing his car into the side of the Walmart store on Southwest Archer Road on Tuesday morning. No one inside the store was injured.
The accident happened around 8:40 a.m., according to Sgt. Tscharna Senn of the Gainesville Police Department.
The driver, Horace Robinson, 60, of Archer, was alone in the gray PT Cruiser convertible. Gainesville Fire Rescue officials said it took two extrication units and about 33 minutes to get Robinson out of the car,
In a news release, rescue officials said Robinson “did not appear to have been wearing his seat belt, which may have caused him to slide down under the dash, further complicating the extrication.”
Robinson was unconscious when the extrication process began but paramedics said he regained consciousness while being extricated and was in stable condition when taken to Shands at the University of Florida.
Senn said Robinson’s license plate had a wheelchair symbol to indicate that a regular user of the car had a permanent disability and therefore qualified for a disabled person parking permit.
“We don’t know if he had some kind of disability that may have been a part of this because we haven’t been able to speak to him yet,” Senn said.
“It appears the car approached the stop sign to the west of the main doors and slowed, but witnesses said he then accelerated into the side of the building,” Senn said.
The store remained open, but some areas were closed off to shoppers while the debris was cleared, according to store officials.
Fire rescue officials said the incident is a reminder to all drivers to take the time to fasten their seat belts every time they are in a vehicle.