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Car Hits Packed Florida Church, Injuring 21

Car Crashes Into Fla. Church On Easter, Injures 21

A car slammed into a packed Florida church just as its annual Easter concert was about to begin, injuring 21 people as it barreled through the brick outer wall and several rows of pews, Fort Myers police said.

The Lexus sedan struck the Second Haitian Baptist Church at around 8 p.m. Sunday, when there were about 200 people inside, Lt. Victor Medico said.

When officers arrived at the scene, church members used car jacks to lift the vehicle off of people who were trapped underneath, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers.

Investigators were looking into the crash even though they believe it was "an unfortunate traffic accident."

"Everybody was sitting and the service started and then 'BING' the car came in," said Jean Corjeles, who was in the church when the crash happened.

"So many people are injured," he said.

Medico said the driver, a young woman, told investigators she was looking for a parking spot when the car malfunctioned and it drove "straight into the building," adding that she said the car's brakes malfunctioned.

Even though the car drove through an exterior wall and into the building, the structure isn't in danger of collapsing, said both Medico and Benjamin Abes, Lee County's EMS operations chief.

Lee Memorial health System spokeswoman Mary Biggs said 18 people were taken to Lee County hospitals and one was discharged late Sunday. She said none required surgery.

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brayhaven April 21 2014 at 11:50 AM

The steering, accelerator, AND brakes all malfunctioned... at the same time... on a Lexus???? I hope they gave that young lady a sobriety & drug test.. if negative, a driving test & some l;essons... Good that no serious injuries apparently!

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weakmindedgod brayhaven April 21 2014 at 12:24 PM

Did you know that alcohol and drug related deaths involving motor vehicles actually only accounts for a third, the rest is just bad drivers... But.... reading would require you to know this..

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ceecee weakmindedgod April 21 2014 at 12:42 PM

"reading would require you to know this? WTF? Good god, you are making an as@ of yourself.

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Cindy April 21 2014 at 12:39 PM

When your brakes don't work, or your accelerator sticks, you simply put the transmission in neutral. It your brakes aren't working, you will eventually slow to a stop. If your gas pedal is stuck, you won't pick up any more speed, and you will eventually slow to a stop. Either way, you won't be picking up momentum and you can maneuver your vehicle better and do less damage along the way.

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Kenny Cindy April 21 2014 at 12:43 PM

young girl...........NO clue

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Joy April 21 2014 at 12:40 PM

I hope everyone will be OK.

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Kenny April 21 2014 at 12:43 PM

nothing malfunctioned.............. driver error

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msggov April 21 2014 at 11:26 AM

I hope it was an accident. The investigation will tell the tale.

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cpsol msggov April 21 2014 at 11:54 AM

She had to come up with something when she SLAMMED THE GAS instead of the BRAKE!

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cpsol cpsol April 21 2014 at 11:55 AM

"Brain F..rt"

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lov2elkhnt April 21 2014 at 12:51 PM

You just have to wonder how some people get their license at all let alone keep it. Dear DMV, review your screening process. Driving isn't a right, it is a privilege.

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Laura April 21 2014 at 12:52 PM

Obviously she stepped on the gas instead of the brake and is blaming the car. It's so sad how we all must try to blame someone or something else for our own mistakes or lack of judgment. It's never our fault. It's always someone else's fault. what really blows my mind is how unenlightened many people are. Why is God always blamed for human error? If you have any kind of knowledge about God and the Bible, you will know that God gave man free will on Earth. That means that man is responsible for his own decisions and actions. This is Earth, not Heaven. God will not swoop down and save every one and every thing. Where in the Bible does it say that he will? It doesn't. So the pathetic excuse that God does not exist because bad things happen to people is so ignorant. If you're looking for a perfect world where no evil or bad things happen, you better start believing in Jesus because that place is called Heaven and you will only get there if you have faith.

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weakmindedgod Laura April 21 2014 at 12:55 PM

and yet gawd is praised for human accomplishments, go figure one standard is set but another is cherry picked... Typical

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steve April 21 2014 at 12:04 PM

Another idiot young driver, who was on her phone.

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spldrtnbrt April 21 2014 at 10:32 AM

Uh its always the brakes always say brakes and they get out of jail time wow

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hanlon1212 April 21 2014 at 12:12 PM

Worst drivers in America ....

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booboodog hanlon1212 April 21 2014 at 1:11 PM

Have you seen the drivers in Washington state? They're all pretty bad

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