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SUV smashes into Bend’s Five Guys; no injuries, driver cited

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – No one was injured, but a Bend driver was cited Monday after police say his foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal as he parked, sending his SUV smashing into the front of Five Guys Burger and Fries.

Officers responded just after 1 p.m. to the reported crash at the restaurant on Northeast Emerson Avenue, Lt. Juli McConkey said.

They soon learned there had been no reported injuries to the driver, his passenger, the employees or customers, she said.

The 67-year-old driver said he was trying to park in a parking stall when his foot slipped onto the gas, causing him to accelerate into the building.

He was issued citations for traffic violations, the lieutenant said.

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  1. Very funny Nick 87. Didn’t I see you at the Capitol on January 6th? You seem to have a lot of denial. This 67 year old should be required to be retested before he drives again. Vaccine or no vaccine.

      1. Heck yeah age was a factor. About 99% of the time one of these articles pops up on KTVZ about some vehicle driving into a building, the driver is 65 or older. You never see an article that says “35 year old drives into X building” unless it is followed up by “alcohol was a factor”. Fact of life, people over 65 begin to have diminished ability to drive. Not all, but a good number. If you are not one of them, then good for you…keep on driving. But for those that are, get them off the street. We are lucking that no one was killed in this incident. Not hard to just start an every other year drivers test requirement once a person hits 65 and yearly test once they hit 80.

    1. That was exactly what I was wondering! What violation was he cited for? Was this an infraction? Otherwise, from what I have been told by LEOs here the only possible option would be reckless driving or a misdemeanor charge of willful destruction of private property. Unless his original violation occurred on the street and he was fleeing.

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