A Real Hit Down At The DMV

A 69-year-old woman crashed her car into the Department of Motor Vehicles building where she intended to renew her driver's license.

Denise G. Butterfield said she was pulling into a handicapped parking space when her car suddenly jumped the curb and smacked into the front of the building Thursday.

The car narrowly missed two people sitting on a bench, but nobody was injured. Damage to the building and car was minor.

"I never hit the accelerator," Butterfield insisted. "The gas engaged itself."

"At least nobody got hurt," Anthony Harry, 47, of Daytona Beach told the Daytona Beach News-Journal, who was waiting on line. "That car could have punched through the wall."

A police officer who did a quick check the car said everything seemed to be working properly. Butterfield was issued a ticket for careless driving.

Because of the accident, department officials made Butterfield take a new written and behind-the-wheel test.

"It's better to be safe than sorry," said Mary Lyn Dance, an examiner at the driver's license office.

Butterfield passed both tests and her license was renewed.


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