A Gold Coast pharmacy assistant narrowly escaped serious injury over the weekend when a man crashed his hatchback through the pharmacy’s front window.
The man, aged in his 70s, may have had a medical episode, Gold Coast news sources report.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Pearce told 7News that police believe the man was reversing from the adjoining street and put his foot on the accelerator accidentally.
“He went to his car, which was parked oddly – there were actually police there at the time and they said something to him about it – and he got into his car, put his foot on the accelerator and he must have been in reverse,” the pharmacist on duty at the time, who gave his name as Kurt, told the AJP.
“He didn’t really know what was going on – he didn’t start from where he crashed into us, he was around the corner. He put his foot down, lost control of the car and crashed into the building.”
The two pharmacy assistants at work at the time had looked up to see what was happening, Kurt said; one assistant opened the gate at the back of the front counter to investigate and took a step towards it – and that’s when the car came through the window.
“If she’d taken a step earlier or hadn’t hesitated, she’d have been cleaned up,” said Kurt. “But she’s coming in today. Everybody seems to be fine – nobody’s hurt, it was a near miss.
“It could have been a lot worse. And the car didn’t hit the structure of the shop, just the glass.”
The shop has only been open two or three months – before that it was a Blockbuster.
Kurt told the AJP that “quite a few” customers had been in to ask after the welfare of the staff.
According to 7News, the pharmacy’s owner had requested bollards at the front of the building for safety reasons – but the request was knocked back.
The pharmacy is open as usual today.