Woman crashes into USA Grocers Food Store in North Lauderdale during trip for lottery tickets

The 54-year-old North Lauderdale woman accidentally drove her brother's car into the USA Grocers Food Store, 8071 SW Seventh Place, where she was going to purchase the tickets.

With her foot on the gas instead of the brake, she drove the Toyota Camry through the store's front window, hitting stacks of beer boxes and stands full of snacks and magazines. The car continued traveling deep into the store, smashing and toppling more merchandise before coming to rest against a freezer.

"The good Lord was with me," she said moments after the incident.

Bryan and her brother, Mansfield Williams, were not hurt in the crash, which happened around 2 p.m Wednesday.

Felix Eveylux, 32, had purchased a Jamaican beef patty and was taking a bite moments before he noticed the vehicle zooming through the window and toward him. He jumped out of the way before the car could pin him against the freezer, he said.

"See that bag on the hood? That's my beef patty. That was almost me," he said.

About 20 minutes after the wreck, Bryan's other brother, Neville Williams, who owns the car, walked up to the store. He said he too was there to buy lottery tickets. He noticed his sister talking to a Broward Sheriff's deputy and fire rescue workers, but didn't immediately notice his car inside the store.

"She was very nervous. She kept saying she was sorry about the car," he said. "I didn't know what she was talking about until she pointed [into the store]."

Officials at the scene said Bryan likely will be cited with careless driving.

Williams' car had heavy damage to the front. Williams said the unlucky turn of events led him to nix his plans to buy any lottery tickets.

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