NORWALK, Ohio-- A surveillance camera at the Walmart in Norwalk is rolling as two shoppers narrowly avoid being hit by an SUV driven by a 68-year-old woman who lost control of her vehicle.
"How the car didn't hit her-- it's absolutely by the grace of God I'm going to say because she had stopped and it had to have brushed her body," said Captain Mike Conney with Norwalk police.
The out-of-control vehicle slammed into a protective barrier in front of the store, just seconds after a shopper walked by. Police said after the vehicle hit the pole, it flipped over and landed on top of another post, just inches away from impaling the driver. She was pulled from the overturned vehicle and treated for a laceration on her leg.
Police are amazed that no one was badly injured or killed. They point to the timing of the two shoppers crossing paths outside the store as possibly saving their lives.
Ironically, the woman leaving the store is the aunt of the Norwalk police chief, and the woman walking towards the store is the aunt of the Norwalk fire chief.
"It's so fortunate for her that things happened the way that they did, that she was able to slow because of this other person, saved her life, I'm convinced, or saved her from some very serious injury," Conney said. "You see on video afterward, they turned to each other and hugged, obviously thankful to still be alive at that time."
The driver initially told police that a water bottle fell on the floor of the vehicle, preventing her from applying the brake; she later changed her story and said she confused the brake pedal with the gas pedal.
Investigators said when the woman learned what happened, she was grateful that no one was hurt or killed.
The woman is facing a charge of failure to control. When FOX 8 reached out to her, she declined comment.