Shoppers in a central Florida supermarket say their routine was shattered by a car that plowed through a store entrance on Saturday afternoon.
Ten people ranging in age from 3 months to 86 years were injured when the 76-year-old woman drove her car into the Publix in Palm Coast.
While most of the injuries were minor, the Florida Highway Patrol reported that Lupo Hernandez, 83, was pinned beneath the car, and his wife was also seriously injured. A teenage girl and a baby strapped into an infant seat in a shopping cart were among the others injured.
Customers said the crash hurled shoppers into flower arrangements and potato chip displays.
Mark Tsistinas was near the store's frozen seafood section when he heard a loud crash followed by screams. As a Publix employee organized a group to lift the car off the man trapped underneath, Tsistinas said he ran to the store's pharmacy for protective gloves and gauze to help tend to the wounded.
"I didn't think Publix would mind," he said. "I felt like I was running in slow motion."
Charges are pending against the car's driver, Thelma Wagenhoffer of Palm Coast, who was not injured, said Trooper Daniel Schlosser.
FHP Cpl. Randall Naugher said he examined Wagenhoffer's car and determined that the wreck wasn't caused by any mechanical failure.
"We don't know what happened," he said.
Flagler County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debra Johnson said Saturday that Wagenhoffer was pulling up to a stop sign in front of the store when she apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes.
Alexander Wagenhoffer, who answered the phone at the woman's Palm Coast home Saturday night, said Thelma Wagenhoffer told him that she doesn't know what caused her to crash into the Publix supermarket.
"She's trying to put the pieces together," he said.
Earlier this month, a sputtering small plane crashed through the roof into the meat department of a Publix in DeLand, injuring five people.
Publix employees' reactions in both crashes, rushing to help the victims, showed their "mental toughness," said Dwaine Stevens, a spokesman for the Florida-based supermarket chain.
"Our associates continue to raise the bar," he said. "We're really proud of them."
The store remained closed for clean up and repairs on Sunday, but reopened on Monday.