New information on store crash

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Driver was 92 years old

By Nancy Kennedy

HERNANDO — More information has emerged following Friday’s car crash into two Hernando businesses that was reported in Tuesday’s Chronicle.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Vincent Carrara, 92, and his wife, Mary Carrara, 91, of Beverly Hills, were involved in a car crash at 4:55 p.m. Friday, in the parking lot of the Shoppes at Citrus Hills Plaza in Hernando.

As the driver, Mr. Carrara was in a parking space facing Gus’s Gold & Gems jewelry store when his foot apparently slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator pedal, causing the vehicle to travel over a concrete parking lot stop, over a raised median and onto the sidewalk in front of the jewelry store.

Carrara’s vehicle continued traveling through the jewelry store’s front window and then through the wall adjoining Citrus Hills Nail Salon, striking several people inside the salon.

Two of the injured people were transported via Citrus EMS to Citrus Memorial Health System and a third to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. Salon owner Thi U Do was sent via Bayflight to a hospital in Ocala.

A salon employee who was working Friday at the time of the crash reported seeing an elderly man driving a white Buick sedan traveling in between two cement pillars in front of the stores and then between two pillars inside the nail salon, then hitting the salon’s reception desk, pushing it and three other desks into a raised island in the center of the store where the car finally stopped.

Neither Carrara nor his wife were injured.

Carrara was cited with operating a motor vehicle in careless or negligent manner.

Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at nkennedy@chronicleonline.com or 352-564-2927.