No charges for Girl Scouts accident

March 9, 2009 5:42:51 PM PDT
A mother and her eight-year old girl scout are facing serious injuries after a terrifying accident, in which three others were hurt. A car plowed into shoppers outside the Burlingame Mollie Stone's on Sunday afternoon.SIGN-UP: Get breaking news sent to you

The driver involved in the accident will not face any criminal charges. The driver admitted to police that he made a big mistake when he hit the gas pedal instead of the brake when he was trying to park.

The accident happened on Sunday at about 3:30 p.m.. When the driver hit the accelerator he plowed into five people, three of them were Girl Scouts selling cookies right outside the store. All five people were rushed to Stanford Hospital. An 8-year-old girl and her mother sustained leg injuries, they are in serious condition.

The driver is a 58-year-old man from San Mateo. His black Lexus also knocked over a metal sign post and a table that the girls were using to sell the cookies.

"It stopped and then at some point the car lunged forward. It sounds like the crash was an accident, but we are not sure about any criminal activity at this point," said Capt. Michael Matteucci, Burlingame Police Department.

The driver has been cooperative with police since the beginning of the investigation. He was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol at the time.

Mollies Stones was shut down immediately after the incident on Sunday. They reopened at 7:00 a.m. on Monday. An assistant manager said it is possible that a statement will be released by the store soon.

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