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Woman handed $81 fine for driving through Saanich storefront

Saanich police officers inspect the front entrance to Thrifty Foods at Saanich Centre Tuesday afternoon, after a woman drove her vehicle into the store. - Photo courtesy of Nigel Brown
Saanich police officers inspect the front entrance to Thrifty Foods at Saanich Centre Tuesday afternoon, after a woman drove her vehicle into the store.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Nigel Brown

A 75-year-old woman who drove her vehicle through the front of a Saanich grocery store Tuesday, injuring three people, was issued an $81 ticket.

Around 3 p.m. the woman drove up onto the sidewalk in front of the Thrifty Foods location at Quadra Street and McKenzie Avenue, and proceeded to drive through the front of the store before coming to a stop more than 10 feet inside.

"Three individuals – patrons of the store – were struck. Thankfully the injuries were relatively minor," said Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie.

Investigators say driver error is to blame for the incident.

Police issued the driver, a Saanich woman, an $81 ticket for driving on the sidewalk.

Eassie said her information will also be forwarded to the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles to conduct a review of her driving history.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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