NEW DETAILS: Police identify driver in Target crash as elderly resident

September 17, 2015

Photo courtesy the Hyattsville City Police Department.

BY REBECCA BENNETT — According to the Hyattsville City Police Department (HCPD), an 85-year-old woman was the driver who crashed into the front doors of Target at the Mall at Prince Georges on Wednesday, Sept. 16.  The incident happened at approximately 2:46 p.m., police said.

The University Park resident, according to HCPD, became disoriented and applied the accelerator when she attempted to apply the brake.

“She drove over a steal barrier, through the glass doors and into the area near the Pizza Hut Express,” HCPD Spokesperson Lt. Chris Purvis said in a statement.


A shopper was hit by flying debris, Lt Purvis said, and was treated for minor injuries on the scene by local emergency medical personnel.  No other injuries were reported.

According to HCPD, the driver was not charged, but will be re-evaluated by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to determine competence to continue driving.

Target temporarily closed to clean up and has since reopened for business, police said.