Tuesday, March 9, 2010 10:37 PM EST
By LISA BACKUS
NEW BRITAIN — A 76-year-old member of St. George’s church “flew through the air with the greatest of ease” Tuesday after she said the gas pedal on her 2007 Toyota stuck while she was delivering items for the parish’s tag sale.
The woman and her 15-year-old grandson who was in the car were not seriously injured when the vehicle drove over the church lawn, struck the church steps taking out both railings, and sailed down a flight of steps leading to Grove Hill Street.
“It was just like in the movies,” said the woman, who refused to be identified. “I was hitting everything.”
“It’s a miracle,” said Father Rev. James Bogiatzis when he surveyed the damage.
“That’s right, we flew through the air with the greatest of ease, Father,” the woman said. “The police told me I should be a NASCAR driver.”
The woman said she pulled into the parking lot on the west side of the church on West Main Street to drop off some items she was donating to the parish tag sale around 3:15 p.m. when the gas pedal stuck and the car suddenly took off.
“I received my recall notice from Toyota yesterday,” she said.
Although she tried to slow the car down, the vehicle flew through the air, crossed Grove Hill and finally was stopped by a hill on the east side of the street.
The woman declined medical treatment at the scene but her daughter who arrived after the crash was planning on taking her to be checked out.
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