Test drive ends in disaster in front of Lebanon auto parts store


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LEBANON, Ind. – A woman and her friend feel lucky to be alive after a freak accident in Lebanon on Wednesday. Police said a man drove off the road and landed on top of another car in the parking lot.

According to the Lebanon Police Department, the crash happened Wednesday morning in the parking lot of O’Reilly Auto Parts in the 700 block of W. South Street.

A white Buick was heading westbound on Indiana 32 from Indiana 39 when it went too fast down an incline and swerved off the road.

The driver was taking that car for a test drive, and it still had a dealer license plate. He told police the brakes malfunctioned and he veered off the road to avoid hitting a car in front of him. Investigators believe the driver was speeding.

The car went into the O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot, hit a curb, went airborne and landed on top of a parked Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes, Doris Stewart, was in the store getting oil.

“I heard a big boom and I could see was glass shattering everywhere and I yelled ‘oh my god my friend is in my car’,” said Stewart.

Stewart said her friend was still in the passenger seat of the Mercedes. She is a little sore but thankfully, she is OK.

“She told me all she could do was hold her hand up she said I didn’t know if I could block the car,” Stewart said.

The Buick came from an auto sales shop down the road called HTD, Inc. The owner said the brakes were working just fine the last time the car went out on the road. He said no one from his business was inside the car during the test drive.

“Now I am without any vehicle. I don’t have a car to get my prescriptions or go to doctors’ appointments,” said Stewart.

Stewart said she was trying to go back to work but now she does not have a car to get her there. In the midst of this ordeal, she still sees it as a miracle.

“God was watching over her,” she said.

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