St. Paul: Driver crashes car into bank, and passer-by injured
Sep 15, 2012 (Pioneer Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A 51-year-old woman with a driving permit panicked in St. Paul, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a bank entrance Friday morning, Sept. 14, knocking down a pillar that then hit a man leaving the bank, police said.
The man was transported to Regions Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Sgt. Paul Paulos, St. Paul police spokesman. The driver was not injured.
Elfinesh Regassa Beshah of St. Paul was making a left turn from West Seventh Street onto Randolph Avenue about 9:10 a.m., Paulos said. She saw an oncoming car, panicked, accelerated and lost control of the Honda CR-V she was driving, he said.
The sport-utility vehicle went over the curb and crashed into the entrance of BankCherokee, 675 Randolph Ave., Paulos said. Douglas Craig Skogsberg, 61, was leaving the bank when a knocked-over pillar struck him, Paulos said. His condition at Regions was not immediately available.
Police cited Beshah for failure to yield right of way and unlawful acceleration, Paulos said. The licensed driver in the SUV with her, Yemanebirhan Tiruneh Dinka, 65, was cited for a permit violation -- licensed drivers have to take control of permitted drivers and give them advice, Paulos said.
The man and woman, who are married, were shaken by what happened, said a man with them at the scene. He said the account given by police is what the couple told him occurred.
A notice on the bank's website said the Randolph Avenue branch would be closed Friday
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