NANAIMO – An 84-year-old Nanaimo man was taken to hospital with injuries this morning after his car careened into a parking lot, slammed into two other cars and then crashed into the side of a Nanaimo Tim Hortons before flipping over, leaving him trapped.
The man was heading northbound on the North Island Highway just before 9 a.m. when suddenly his car launched over the curb and came into the parking lot of the Brooks Landing shopping centre “at an extreme rate of speed,” said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.
His grey four-door sedan hit a parked truck so hard, it broke off the truck’s axle.
The truck was sent into another parked car and the vehicle continued into the side of the coffee shop.
“The manager thought there was an explosion in the parking lot, it shook the building that bad,” O’Brien said. “By looking at the debris, it looks like a bomb went off because there’s so much debris in the parking lot.”
The driver was pinned in the vehicle, but Nanaimo firefighters were able to extricate him.
Nanaimo RCMP and B.C. Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene and the elderly man was taken to hospital with head injuries.
It’s still unclear what caused the man to lose control but police are looking into whether the man suffered a medical emergency. A traffic analyst remains on scene investigating.