CRASH SCENE: An 83-year-old woman was trapped under a car for more than an hour after it crashed through a window at The Alstonville Florist.
CRASH SCENE: An 83-year-old woman was trapped under a car for more than an hour after it crashed through a window at The Alstonville Florist. Patrick Gorbunovs

Car drags woman into shop

AN out-of-control car hit an 83-year-old woman before smashing through a shopfront window at an Alstonville Plaza florist yesterday.

The local woman was trapped under the car for more than an hour.

Police say she is in a serious condition in Lismore Base Hospital.

The 62-year-old driver was treated for shock at the scene.

The accident has sparked calls for Alstonville Plaza management to install bollards in the carpark following the fourth incident of a car driving into a shop in eight years.

Yesterday emergency services personnel were called to the plaza about 11.20am.

They arrived to find the 83-year-old local woman pinned under a maroon Ford Falcon sedan inside the Alstonville Florist.

Richmond Local Area Command Acting Crime Manager Detective Inspector Bernadette Ingram said the car careered forward up the gutter and collided with the woman who was looking at a display at the Alstonville florist.

"The car collided with the woman dragging her 10 metres through the front window of the shop," she said.

The woman was stabilised at the scene before being taking by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital with serious leg injuries where she is in a serious condition.

Det Insp Ingram said the driver of the car was subjected to routine alcohol and drug testing.

Alstonville Florist joint owner Mark Pampling said he would consider asking management to install bollards to stop a repeat of yesterday's incident.

"Before we owned the business a car had been through the front and three cars have driven into the front of the bottle shop, the ladies at the Commonwealth Bank told us," he said.

A Commonwealth Bank teller told The Northern Star they heard a loud grinding noise as the car careered into the florist next door.

"I have been working here for eight years and this is the fourth time a car has been through a shop front - it's getting pretty horrendous to work in this plaza."



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