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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – No one was seriously injured when a car drove into the Wells Fargo in the Brandy Hill Shopping Center along Mechanicsville Turnpike near Lee Davis High School Tuesday morning. One bank worker suffered a minor injury from shattered glass, according to Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman Chris Whitley.


The 84-year-old driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal prior to driving through the bank, Whitley said. The driver has since been charged with reckless driving.

Building inspectors found no structural damage as a result of the crash. The accident caused between $20,000 and $30,000 in damage to the bank.


  • Marcus

    Why are these old farts always confusing the gas pedal with the brake pedal? And why a headline that trivializes the incident? Simple mistake??!?!

  • Reasonable Man

    Guess he didn’t see the drive-thru lanes right around the corner. Seriously, god bless him. And to you two commenters above…..ignorant and simple-minded.

  • Billy Cathey

    There are some people that have been good drivers all their lives and he just made a mistake. He is not as dangerous as speeders on ice and snow or road rage. Some live alone and must be able to get to stores, doctors and the necessary places of life.

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