Accident at Auto Europe Damages $78,000 Lotus
92-year-old woman drives through showroom window.
A 92-year-old woman from Southfield crashed through the front window of Auto Europe Tuesday morning, hitting the side of a $78,000 Lotus Exige.
According to Birmingham police, the woman walked away unhurt from the crash which occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the luxury car dealership at 33828 Woodward Ave.
Matt Blanc, an employee at Auto Europe, said three employees were at the dealership. Police said no one, including the driver, was hurt.
Birmingham police commander Terry Kiernan said the woman, driving a Toyota Camry, was pulling into a parking space when she accidentally hit her car's accelerator. He said she hit a car in the service drive then drove through the showroom window.
Blanc said he was in a back room at the time and when he rushed out to see what happened, the woman was already out of the car and walking around. Her car's air bags hadn't deployed, he said.
"She was okay," he said. "She was just shaken up."
According to Kiernan, all three vehicles — the car in the service drive, the woman's car and the Lotus — had minimal damage. EMS were called to the scene but he said they weren't needed.
Kiernan said neither police nor Auto Europe will be pressing charges but police will notify the Michigan Secretary of State regarding the woman's ability to drive, a regular procedure when accidents involve the elderly.