Parking lot pinball

It was like a scene out of a movie - or a demolition derby.

An elderly driver apparently lost control of his van and rammed nearly a dozen parked vehicles in the parking lot of Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre Friday afternoon.

The incident took place in front of Save On Foods.

A witness tells Castanet,"I walked out of the store and saw him come out of his stall so fast. He hit us first, we were the first casualty."

"He hits vehicles there and then he ended up backing up and he came back (forward) and finished what he started."

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had just taken possession of her vehicle.

"It was a brand new car."

She was also the first to get to the man once he was able to come to a stop.

"The first words out of his mouth were my accelerator got stuck," she said.

"I'm just happy no pedestrian got hit. One of the ladies that was behind him - if he would have reversed instead of gone forward she would have been the first casualty. She started yelling at everybody to get out of the way."

Ron Siccia also saw the event unfold.

"All I saw was bing, bang, bing, bang, bing. He's just pushing cars."

"I got out of my car and all I saw was destruction. He went 75 yards one way and 75 yards the other way," said Siccia.

The driver who caused the mayhem was treated at the scene by BC Ambulance paramedics for what appeared to be a sore wrist.

No word on what, if any, charges will be laid.

Raw video from scene.

Ragnar Haagen


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