BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — "Wrong way driver" would be an understatement in this case. Braintree Police say an elderly woman was driving in South Shore Plaza's south garage on Thursday when she turned onto a pedestrian bridge and coasted straight into the upper level of the mall.
Braintree Police Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon told WBZ NewsRadio that the woman's late-model SUV tripped a door sensor, which let her into the mall. The woman drove into a shopping cart holder, backed up, and kept on driving through the second floor. Police found the woman 60 yards down the main mall corridor at about 11:45 AM.
Nobody was injured, and there was only minor damage to a few flower pots.
"They usually have these concrete bollards there. There was a recent accident that knocked over one of the bollards and it was damaged to the extent that it had to be removed, which allowed her to negotiate that turn," Cohoon said. That concrete barrier was scheduled to be replaced. Police say mall officials are trying to rush that order now.
No charges have been filed against the woman, but Braintree Police are asking the Registry of Motor Vehicles to suspend her license, pending a hearing.