A woman is in the hospital after she crashed her car into a Mazda dealership Tuesday morning in Florida, taking out two light poles, two palm trees and damaging more than a dozen parked cars.
Stefanie Doyle was taken to Delray Beach Medical Center as a trauma alert but is expected to live, according to Delray Beach Fire Rescue Captain Kevin Saxton. City police say Doyle was speeding when she lost control of the silver Toyota Camry.
Employees at the dealership said the car “flew” over the row of cars after it hit the first light pole.
Saxton said it took 45 minutes to get the woman out of the car. Because of the extensive damage to the Camry and its upright position, rescue workers had to take extra precautions removing the woman, Saxton said.
Marie Ryan, who is office manager at the dealership, got a call around 5 a.m. that there was an accident at the dealership. Ryan said it wasn’t until the sun rose that she could see the extent of the damage.
“She’s such a lucky person (to be alive), that girl,” Ryan said. “And thank the Lord no one else was here.”
Ryan said she was worried some of the morning joggers in the area might have been around.
Though Doyle’s car was removed from the scene hours after, the dozen or so cars sat surrounded by plastic, metal and glass covering the lot.
Michael Grieco, the dealership owner, said all the vehicles damaged made up about half of their pre-owned certified cars. He said all of the cars will be taken from the lot and totaled, so they’ll need to replace those cars.
“We’re going to have a big sale this weekend,” he said.
The investigation is ongoing, according to police.
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