A fridge-mounted slogan, “Mother nature in the fast lane”, marks the spot in a Port Elizabeth store where a young woman smashed a Mercedes through a R40 000 glass storefront before bringing it to a standstill in front of a cashier.
A large crowd and an unrelated punch-up added to the general consternation outside and inside the Caltex Fresh Stop store off Cape Road in Linton Grange after the bizarre incident played out at 7.14pm on Sunday.
CCTV footage shows the Mercedes C200 driving straight through an empty parking bay and ramping a raised pavement before smashing through the glass front next to the service station convenience store entrance – narrowly missing another fridge-mounted sign reading Deli Drive-Thru.
The car came to a stop just metres from the only cashier in the store at the time.
The young woman driver was seen climbing out of the car, apparently unhurt, while another woman in the car was slightly injured.
Store owner Kevin Purcell and his staff were left scratching their heads in bemusement, trying to figure out how the accident had happened.
“Well, the car is an automatic so perhaps the driver pressed the wrong pedal,” Purcell speculated.
He had been about to have a swim at home when he was called to the store by a staff member.
– Shaun Gillham
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