Shop collision

AN elderly woman has escaped serious injury after mistakenly driving her car into the side of a Tanunda business last Wednesday morning.

The woman, believed to be in her 90s, accidentally drove into the corner of picture-frame store Barossa Valley Framed while driving through a Murray Street car park at around 10.45am.

Several police, Metropolitan Fire Service and ambulance crews were called to the premises immediately after the incident occurred.

The woman was treated for shock, before being taken to hospital for treatment with minor injuries.

Barossa Valley Framed owner Rodney Grossman said it was lucky the car didn’t come through the window of the store, having hit the corner between the shopfront and side wall.

He said, while it wasn’t a high-speed impact, he would now need structural engineers to assess any damage to the building.

“I had a customer in and we heard a screech…it scared the hell out of them,” Mr Grossman said.

“It just shook the wall and knocked a few things off the (shelves).

“I had to switch the motor off for her – and the gas – because she still had it on after the crash and if it didn’t get switched off, it would’ve caught on fire.”

Tanunda resident Prakash Joshi was walking through the car park with his wife when the accident occurred, and said the woman appeared to be alright after receiving initial assistance from emergency services.

“There was a little bit of smoke from inside the car when the airbag blew up, but, apart from that, everything was alright,” he said.

“Nobody was walking there, that was the luckiest part.”

It is believed the woman mistook her accelerator for her brake, however the crash is still being investigated by police.


Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.