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Crash at South L.A. mall leaves car dangling from second floor

October 5, 2011 | 11:49 am

A woman in her 30s hit the gas instead of the brake, careening through the recently refurbished Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall before being stopped by a glass partition that left the car dangling 20 feet above the ground.

The incident involving the 37-year-old, who was said to be unlicensed, was reported at 8:47 a.m. at the mall at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.

The driver, who was not identified, was unhurt, as was a passenger described as an older woman who authorities said was the registered owner of the 1986 Acura Legend.

LAPD Capt. Kelly Mulldorfer said the driver was in the parking lot near a Sears when she hit the gas instead of the brake. The car slammed through the new mall doors, ran over freshly installed carpeting and headed 100 feet toward a rotunda encircled by a new glass railing on the second floor of the mall.

It was the railing, Mulldorfer said, that "kept the car from careening onto the bottom floor."

Fortunately, the mall was not open at the time and no construction workers were in the area, she said.


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Photo: A 1986 Acura Legend sits precariously over the railing at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall Wedneday after a driver reportedly hit the gas instead of the brake. Credit: LAPD