One bruised driver, seven damaged vehicles in Walmart parking lot

 MEXICO — A Peru woman could not remember hitting the accelerator on her Mazda pickup truck Wednesday afternoon in the Walmart parking lot, which led to more than $21,000 in damage to seven vehicle, police said.

I couldn't believe it when I got there,” Mexico Lt. Roy Hodsdon said.

What he saw were damaged cars, trucks and SUVs, and Louise Gerrish, 88, of Pleasant Street in Peru sitting in her 2000 Mazda pickup.

Hodsdon gave an account of the crashes. He said Gerrish apparently hit the accelerator on the truck, sending it across the medium and into the left side of a 2006 Chrysler Pacifica owned by Jessica Robinson, 29, of Kidder Avenue in Dixfield.

Gerrish's pickup continued on, nearly hitting a pedestrian who had been standing at the rear of Robinson's Chrysler. The truck continued across another row of vehicles and struck the right side of a 2006 Ford sport utility vehicle owned by Jane Lueders, 49, of Canton.

At the same time Gerrish's pickup hit Lueders' vehicle, it hit the left rear side of a 2010 Subaru Forester owned by Maggie Henien, 42, of Moore Street in Bridgton. The Forester was pushed into a 2004 GMC pickup truck owned by Timothy Derouche, 55, of Roxbury.

Hodsdon said the Mazda pickup continued traveling north in the parking lot, crossed another row, and struck a 1994 Ford pickup owned by Kevin Quinn, 73, of Rumford. The Ford pickup was pushed forward across two empty parking spaces into a 2007 Subaru sedan owned by Jean Mayo, 59, of Pine Street in Rumford.

Gerrish's pickup stopped after that.

Hodsdon said Gerrish said she doesn't know what happened and doesn't remember the crashes. She refused medical treatment for bruises.

He attributed the crashed to driver error.

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88 years old damn

At 88 years old this person shouldn't be driving in the first place. It is time to definately hang up the keys by age 80.

Tira Cottrell's picture

story writer

The lady that wrote the story should know that Ms. Gerrish did not cross the "medium", she crossed a "median" big difference.

Glad everyone is ok but when are we going to start testing older people to make sure they are still capable to operate a motor vehicle? I think when a person hits a certain age, we need to reassess their abilities.

Steve Bulger's picture

Capable?

No argument here about testing older drivers more frequently...as long as you would agree that the same requirement be placed upon young, newer drivers (say, ages 16 to 25?). The number of fatal accidents caused by younger drivers is more than double that of the older (74+) drivers. Source: http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/People/PeopleAllVictims.aspx

Ed McCaffrey's picture

Put a fork in that lady's license

It's done...
Glad nobody was injured. Vehicles are easier to repair than people.

88 years Old, WOW!

And this happens says something about the lady ever driving again. It is unfortunate but maybe it's time that she looks for other means of transportation so she doesn't need to drive anymore. Thank god no one got killed. It could have happened.

88 years Old, WOW!

And this happens says something about the lady ever driving again. It is unfortunate but maybe it's time that she looks for other means of transportation so she doesn't need to drive anymore. Thank god no one got killed. It could have happened.

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