Car crashes into Martinez bank

Monday, Dec. 7, 2009 11:53 AM
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A Martinez woman attempting to park her car drove it into a bank building today.

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.  Valerie Rowell/Staff
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.

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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whynot2
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whynot2 12/07/09 - 12:01 pm
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Glad noone was injured but

Glad noone was injured but people need to pay more attention to what they are doing while driving.

Precocious
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Precocious 12/07/09 - 12:07 pm
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I bet she was on her cell

I bet she was on her cell phone at the time!

bearypatch5552
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bearypatch5552 12/07/09 - 12:10 pm
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If u don't know gas from

If u don't know gas from brake, glade she was in parking lot not interstate.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 12/07/09 - 01:04 pm
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She should be charged with

She should be charged with failure to maintain control of her vehicle.

IsAmericaFree
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IsAmericaFree 12/07/09 - 01:18 pm
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AugustaVoter is right and she

AugustaVoter is right and she should be billed for the damages and the cost of the added security the bank and the county now need to provide.

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 12/07/09 - 01:24 pm
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And hang her too. This is the

And hang her too. This is the type of crime we can't take too lightly. It's a gateway crime, next thing you know she'll be crashing into even bigger banks, causing even more chaos and damage.

specialist
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specialist 12/07/09 - 01:46 pm
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This gives a new meaning to

This gives a new meaning to the term "Drive through window".

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 12/07/09 - 01:58 pm
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More bang for your buck.

More bang for your buck.

Dora.Ito
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Dora.Ito 12/07/09 - 02:02 pm
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"Ooops, I'm sorry, I wanted

"Ooops, I'm sorry, I wanted to CASH this check"

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/07/09 - 02:27 pm
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I have never ever mistaken

I have never ever mistaken the gas for the brake and jammed on either like that to lunge my car so forward! This usually happens from those idiots who drive with both feet, one on gas one on brake, that's how they make those mistakes. They need to start ticketing these people. This is why you don't drive with both feet!!! Though it was an accident, had it been medical or faulty mechanics of the car and I could see no ticket, but since she just was negligent and not driving properly or with care why not a ticket? Regardless, her insurance should pay for the damages.

butler123
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butler123 12/07/09 - 02:45 pm
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I wonder if she would have

I wonder if she would have been charged if she hadn't been driving a Mercedes?

dashiel
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dashiel 12/07/09 - 03:26 pm
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She should do the right thing

She should do the right thing and pay the bank employee's dry-cleaning bill.

7even
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7even 12/07/09 - 03:35 pm
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Smashing

Smashing

ShaneMckie
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ShaneMckie 12/07/09 - 03:42 pm
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Now she knows how the

Now she knows how the mercedes bends(benz)

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 12/07/09 - 03:47 pm
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TakeAstand, you are making it

TakeAstand, you are making it mighty hard to drive my six-speed, and I don't want a cop/camera in the car with me to see how many feet I am using.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 12/07/09 - 04:47 pm
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Whoops. I hope she was

Whoops. I hope she was tested for impairment; I know I would have been.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 12/07/09 - 04:54 pm
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Her insurance will cover the

Her insurance will cover the damages to the building and her car. That is what we pay premiums for. Nobody was injured so there is no call for charges to be filed. By the way Bearypatch....You are SUPPOSED to hit the gas when you are on the interstate.

dani
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dani 12/07/09 - 04:56 pm
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TAS I am oftimes surprised

TAS I am oftimes surprised at the people who drive using both feet. To them, the foot rest for the left foot is there for looks, not to be used. They don't believe it when you tell them how dangerous it is to use both feet (They never wonder why both pedals are on the same side?) but they are wearing out their brakes and even transmission,.

dani
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dani 12/07/09 - 04:57 pm
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humble. Only if it is safe

humble. Only if it is safe to drive forward.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 12/07/09 - 05:01 pm
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Madsnapper, most people with

Madsnapper, most people with common sense would know what I was talking about. A clutch is supposed to be used by your left foot. Do you use that same foot for your brake? If you do you are also driving improperly and unsafe.

Ole School
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Ole School 12/07/09 - 07:02 pm
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Finally an accident we can

Finally an accident we can all laugh about ! no one hurt , and no one drunk ! just one big OPPPS !

tnjsw
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tnjsw 12/07/09 - 08:27 pm
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How do you know no one was

How do you know no one was drunk.

like-it-is
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like-it-is 12/07/09 - 08:27 pm
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old school, I agree

old school, I agree

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/07/09 - 08:28 pm
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Here sits the car of Stacy

Here sits the car of Stacy Nance, hit the bank wall and messed her pants!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/07/09 - 08:30 pm
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Glad she's ok

Glad she's ok

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 12/07/09 - 11:03 pm
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There are only a few traffic

There are only a few traffic charges that law enforcement can prosecute for on private property. That's why she wasn't charged.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 12/07/09 - 11:08 pm
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Oh boy, let's ticket people

Oh boy, let's ticket people driving with both feet. What is the charge, "Monkey behind the wheel"????

gfwvaldostaga.
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gfwvaldostaga. 12/08/09 - 07:47 am
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Probally had on 11 inch

Probally had on 11 inch heels! Can't understand why she was not charged though `If you hit a light pole you get charged and have to pay for the pole!

fd1962
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fd1962 12/08/09 - 09:08 am
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A hollow concrete pillar is a
Unpublished

A hollow concrete pillar is a trick too. Thanks, Comical.

SheilaJ15
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SheilaJ15 12/08/09 - 09:48 am
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DEVGRU is correct about not

DEVGRU is correct about not being charged on private property. Normally the law can only charge you if an accident happens on state property and since the bank is on private property, she can not be charged. This is considered a civil matter which means if she does not have insurance or refuses to pay for the damages, then the bank would have to take her to civil court to be paid for all the damages. It does not matter what she was driving, this law applies to everyone regardless of the car that they drive.

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