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‘Freak Accident’ Injures Woman At Local Food Pantry

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas couple trying to get food for their family was involved in a freak accident that sent a woman to the hospital. Ironically, police say her husband was responsible.

A crumpled iron gate is an indicator of what happened when an out of control car drove into a crowd outside a downtown Dallas food pantry on Wednesday.

Some witnesses were able to dive out of the way, but one woman, who happened to be the wife of the driver, wasn’t able to move in time.

The driver and his wife, Maria Cerellio, were among those who’d gone to pick up free groceries offered by a church to low-income families.

Police say the driver stepped on the accelerator as he attempted to park – behind him, his wife stood with others outside the food pantry.

The car sped forward and pinned Maria Cerellio against a brick wall. Her husband shifted into reverse and accelerated, causing the car to back across the street and into an iron fence.

The driver wasn’t injured but Maria was admitted to Baylor with serious head injuries.

Witnesses told CBS 11 News the crash appeared to be accidental.

“His eyes were like tea cups, they were huge,” one witness said of the driver during the incident. “It was like [he thought], ‘I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know how to stop it.’ and the only thing that stopped him was the fence and the tree over there because his tires were spinning in the grass.”

Currently police say they have no plans to charge the husband with any crime, even though there’s no evidence the car malfunctioned.

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