Car crashes into Martinez bank

Valerie Rowell/Staff
A Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters pulls glass out of a broken window at First Bank Columbia County, 3820 Washington Road in Martinez, Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, after an Augusta woman attempting to park drove her car into the building.

A Martinez woman attempting to park her car drove it into a bank building today.


Crews are making repairs to First Bank Columbia County at 3820 Washington Road. The lobby was closed, but the drive-through window remained open, according to bank officials.

Police say Stacy Nance, 50, of Augusta, was attempting to park her Mercedes-Benz in front of the bank entrance when the car sped over the curb and crashed into a concrete pillar near the entrance before hitting the brick building. The pillar also crashed through a window in a front office.

“It appears she hit the gas instead of the brake,” Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. Thomas Langford said.

No one was injured in the crash, but the bank employee in the office where the car wrecked was shaken up.

Ms. Nance is not charged in the wreck.

Special security will be posted at the bank until repairs are made to secure the building. The location also will be placed on concentrated sheriff’s office patrols, Sgt. Langford said.



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