MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Woman, 82, Loses Control of Car, Plows Into Bethesda Salon

After an 82-year-old woman lost control of her car and plowed into a salon, she and two of the employees were sent to a hospital.
After an 82-year-old woman lost control of her car and plowed into a salon, she and two of the employees were sent to a hospital. (Photo by Alan G. Carroll)
By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

An 82-year-old woman lost control of her Toyota Camry on Tuesday and plowed into a salon in downtown Bethesda, sending herself and two employees to the hospital, officials said.

Montgomery County police said witnesses told them that the gold sedan appeared to be picking up speed just before the crash.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the woman turned from Arlington Road into a driveway leading to an office building that houses, among other tenants, the Citrine Salon & Spa. According to witnesses, the Camry hit a pylon, traveled along a retaining wall and entered the salon.

The driver, whose name was not released, was taken to Suburban Hospital. She was "conscious and stable" at the time, police said. Two salon employees, a 25-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, were taken to Suburban with minor injuries, police said.

David Bartley, owner of Bartley Tile, a business next door, said he suspected that the driver entered a parking lot that bends to the right but that she kept going straight toward the building, perhaps with her foot stuck on the accelerator. There is a large and sturdy barrier that the car could have gone over.

"I guess she launched herself right over the aggregate planter box," Bartley said.


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