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An elderly driver lost control of her car and slammed through the front doors of a Rite-Aid Pharmacy in New Jersey, hitting a shopper inside. NBC 4 New York has the dramatic security camera footage of the accident, which took place in Rutherford, N.J. at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

In a sign of our times, onlookers' first reactions were not to check on the welfare of the 71-year-old driver or the teenager hit by the car. Instead, they grabbed their smartphones to capture images of the crash.

Eventually, the crowd did help those injured in the accident. An 18-year-old woman escaped unhurt while the driver sustained minor injuries. Police told NBC New York that charges will most likely not be filed. It was unclear what caused the accident.



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      pkatcher
      • 1 Year Ago
      somany comments generalizing the eldery driver...HOW ABOUT FACTS? you know thos pesky things regarding how the accident happened? not jsut her age...how about her health/eyesight/ability to move etc as guides for licensing? age is NOT a nissue unless it is SOMEELSE's age as I read these posts....btw....NOTHING t odo with LIBERAL why some one ALWAYS brings in politics.....
      sharonboy30
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yhis is what the world has come to....don't help just take pics to show your friends and post on social media....How very sad!
        EricS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sharonboy30
        It's a digital world of dummies. It's an age of "look downs" (you see them everywhere, looking down at their mobile, without paying attention to what's in front of them. It's not a coincidence that with the increase in internet activity, technology and social media over the last 20 years, there is direct correlation in the decline of common sense and logic. Fewer and fewer people think for themselves now. They all rely on what to think by "experts" and friends online. Even this generation of kids are spoiled, heavily reliant on everything being done for them, and incapable of figuring things out for themselves, and some are already in college. lol
      smp276dp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not too keen on what they call it. Losing control of you car? That is plain and simple human error. She hit the gas instead of the brake.
      EricS
      • 1 Year Ago
      No charges?! C'mon. I bet if it was the 17 year old behind the wheel, and the elder woman outside, there would have been charges laid. It's reckless driving. How often do we hear the elderly running over people because they lost "control" of their car. It's not losing control, it's being unable to react and think properly behind the wheel due to diminishing mental focus. It happens with old age. That's why I still believe, in the elderly getting tested every other year. And not just a regular road exam, but a road exam specifically designed for the elderly. It benefits them, and other people on the road...or sidewalk...or inside buildings.
      Shirleyjean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, so where's the video?
      endmillll
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad no one got hurt,, i just hope that person didnt think it was a drive through for her scrips..
      lawtsd3
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a issue, that people should really look at, the safety of this women is more important that taken pictures the cell phone are completely out of control, do anyone care.
        Jim Marcum
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lawtsd3
        The video was from a security camera...not a cell phone.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim Marcum
          What a stupid comment EricS. Perhaps the store employees were using their phone to CALL someone like 911? From the employees positioning and how he was holding the phone that picture/video would be a close up of the hood. Don't be so blind to believe what this story is saying to add shock value. It was a 3 second clip of the employees that showed nothing.
          EricS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim Marcum
          But you can clearly see in the security camera people taking pics and/or videos before checking on the women.
      Larna J. Keane;
      • 1 Year Ago
      About the crowd who took pictures.........if that was a first reaction; wow. Kind of unfeeling and strange.
      doloresr98
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was good of them to take the pictures for insurance reasons.
        Weshusky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @doloresr98
        Guaranteed they weren't looking to provide an insurance company with evidence. They were only looking out for their own prurient interests.
      Hello Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      The woman should lose her license to drive.
      George Strickland
      • 1 Year Ago
      probably a runaway Toyota.
      Larna J. Keane;
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too many older folk out there, that don't want to give up driving. On too many prescrip. drugs and too slow to react. Vision problems ........ Glad the girl exiting was not seriously hurt. The d.l. of this driver should be a non renewable item now.
        Jim Marcum
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larna J. Keane;
        True there are many elderly people driving that should not be, but when you mentioned prescription drugs lets include the dope heads on meth, crack, weed and those that are stealing and abusing prescription drugs...wonder how many lives they have taken or injuries.
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