An 81-year-old Murrieta woman’s driving skills will have to be re-evaluated in the wake of a crash in which she lost control of her car, which slammed into four parked vehicles before plowing into the side of a building, authorities said.
The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, just off Interstate 215, according to Murrieta police.
The driver, whose name was not released, had just filled her gas tank at a Sam’s Club and was pulling out to the north “when her car suddenly accelerated, jumping a planted median and hitting four parked cars before coming to rest against the Bank of America,” said Sgt. Jay Froboese.
The woman seemed fine initially, but later complained of chest pain and was taken to a hospital for treatment, the sergeant said.
No other injuries were reported in the crash.
According to Forboese, investigators could not find any mechanical defects with the car.
“The driver did not remember the collision or the circumstances after she left the gas pumps,” the sergeant said. “Based on these facts, the investigating officers are ordering a mandatory DMV evaluation of the woman’s driver’s license.”