Employees at the First American Bank at 15 Riverside Road in Riverside got a jolt Monday afternoon when a 2000 Honda Accord driven by an 88-year-old woman smashed through the front door.
The woman, a Riverside resident, was pulling into one of the diagonal parking spaces in front of the bank around 12:05 p.m. when she reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake, catapulting her car through the revolving door and showering the lobby with glass. About three-quarters of the car made it into the lobby.
“There’s major damage to the front door,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, who responded to the scene from the Riverside Township Hall, where he was attending a going-away party for Village Manager Peter Scalera.
No one was in the lobby near the front door and no one was working at desks placed in the main lobby area on either side of the door, said Weitzel. The driver was uninjured. Weitzel said she was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
While the front door is not accessible at this time, the bank remains open, said First American Bank President John B. Ward. The drive-up windows are fully operational and customers can enter the bank through an entrance on the north side of the building.
“We’re going to try to stay open,” said Ward. “Obviously, it’s not going to be pretty to look at, all boarded up, but we’ve got a crew working on it right away.”