UPDATE: Car that Crashed through Liquor Store Wall Was Driven by Greenwich Teen with a Learner’s Permit

Photo courtesy Greenwich Professional Firefighters Twitter.

UPDATE, Thursday: Greenwich Police provided details on Wednesday’s single car crash on East Putnam Ave by Bellmore Wines & Liquor.

The vehicle, which was being driven by an 18-year old Greenwich resident with a valid learner’s permit whose mother was with her in the car.

The driver had been heading east on West Putnam Ave and had just turned right onto Josephine Evaristo to travel south when it collided with the brick wall on the side of the liquor store.

According to Lt. Kraig Gray, the car sustained disabling damage to its front end. “The building’s sustained a large cavity on the eastern wall due to the vehicle’s impact,” said Lt. Gray. “The operator and one passenger both sustained minor injuries but both refused medical attention.”

Lt. Gray said a witness with a clear view of the intersection related he saw the vehicle turn onto Josephine Evaristo and randomly accelerate.

Lt. Gray said the operator related that she was trying to slow the car by using the break, but it accelerated, and that she tried a second time to slow the car but it accelerated again, crashing into the wall.

Inspection of the vehicle  found the breaks to be working.

Original Story, Wednesday: Greenwich Professional Fire fighters posted photos of a car that crashed into Bellmore Wines & Liquor on Wednesday.

Greenwich Professional Firefighters and Greenwich Police officers responded. The crash did not result in injuries.

Bellmore Wine & Liquor is located at 380 West Putnam Ave, next to Greenwich Motor Sales, at the corner of Josephine Evaristo.

Photo courtesy Greenwich Professional Firefighters Twitter.

Photo courtesy Greenwich Professional Firefighters Twitter.

Photo courtesy Greenwich Professional Firefighters Twitter.

Photo courtesy Greenwich Professional Firefighters Twitter.

 

  • This was predictable. We have allowed those in charge of driver legislation and training to teach the dangerous right foot braking method, with its very poor reaction time and susceptibility to right foot pedal error on automatic cars and trucks, even though there is No Scientific support let alone Scientific Comparisons to safer and simpler braking methods like the left foot braking method. The teaching of right foot braking on automatic vehicles must be banned. Reports issued by NHTSA (DOT HS 811 597 and 812 058) highlight the dangers of right foot braking on automatic vehicles. Score to date, 30,000 documented but probably closer to 150,000 dead, millions injured, and costs in the billions. What a price we are paying because of the typical male driver’s systemic belief in an obsolete method of braking an automatic car.