Woman uninjured after driving into Route 1 chapel

By Kim Lincoln | Jan 11, 2017
Courtesy of: Camden Police Department There were no injuries after police said a Warren woman hit the gas instead of the brake and drove through this building on Route 1.

Rockport — A 59-year-old Warren woman was not injured Jan. 11 after police said she drove her sport utility vehicle through a church on Commercial Street.

At about 9:30 a.m., Patricia Benner was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer on Rockville Street, heading toward Commercial Street (Route 1). As she approached the stop sign, Benner hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and drove through the stop sign, according to Detective Curt Andrick of Camden Police Department.

Benner struck the rear of the Grace Chapel, causing structural damage to the building. She was not injured in the crash, but was charged with operating after suspension, police said. No one was inside the church at the time.

The crash was investigated by Rockport Officer Chris Taylor and assisted by Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn. The Rockport Fire Department and NorthEast ambulance also responded.

The SUV was towed from the scene by Camden Exxon.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 11, 2017 16:31

Where did this occur?  Which church.  What distance between not stopping for the stop sign, and applying gas, and then continuing to travel with your foot on the gas pedal, continuing past the point of impact?

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