A 90-year-old woman was shaken up after driving into two building posts of a Palo Alto shopping plaza and grazing the building Thursday morning, police said.
The incident happened at around 8 a.m. at the Midtown Shopping Center, which is located at 2600 Middlefield Road and includes a CVS and Baskin-Robbins.
The woman, a Palo Alto resident, pulled into a parking space and mistook the gas pedal for the brake, police Sgt. Wayne Benitez said. The car lurched forward, hitting two pillars holding up the eve of the building before making its way onto the pedestrian walkway and skidding along the building wall where a karate studio is housed. No one was inside the karate studio at the time of the incident, Benitez said.
No one was injured, including the driver. Her driver's license was suspended on the spot, Benitez said. She will have to take an "emergency re-evaluation" through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will evaluate her driving competency, he added.
The area of the shopping center damaged by the accident was roped off so that the pillars can be fixed, but the shopping center remains open for business, Benitez said.