Thomas Ochalek: Port St. Lucie man dies of injuries received after car crashes into building

PORT ST. LUCIE — A 93-year-old man injured when a Mercedes-Benz crashed into a Verizon store earlier this month died on Monday, a Port St. Lucie police spokesman said Tuesday.

Thomas Ochalek, of Port St. Lucie, died Monday at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, said Master Sgt. Frank Sabol, police spokesman.

Ochalek was injured Aug. 8 when a 2013 Mercedes-Benz driven by Helen House, 82, of Port St. Lucie, drove completely into the Verizon store in the 10300 block of U.S. 1.

Ochalek, who was in the store at the time, was in intensive care in a coma after the crash, Sabol has said. Sabol said he succumbed to injuries sustained during the crash.

Sabol has said House recently got the vehicle, and it had just 200 miles on it.

“She explained to us that she was unable to transition from the gas pedal to the brake and she kept her foot on the gas pedal and went straight into the store,” Sabol said.

Sabol said Tuesday that police are continuing to investigate the accident.