Bad Brake Spoils Her Accident-Free Record in Big Way : Lily’s First Auto Accident in 60 Years Is a Dilly
It was Lily Fowler’s first accident in 60 years of driving, but it was a big one.
Fowler, 80, hit the accelerator instead of the brake Wednesday as she drove up to the car wash at a service station.
The automobile shot into the street, where it struck a passing car, then jolted through a wooden fence and mowed down a gas pump.
Before the situation was brought under control, four cars, including Fowler’s 1980 Ford Thunderbird, were engulfed in flames. Damage was estimated at $300,000.
No one was seriously injured, and Fowler’s son, Fire Department Capt. Robert Fowler, helped put out the fire.