90-year-old driver crashes into man, liquor store in Morro Bay

A 90-year-old Morro Bay woman crashed her car into a man, severely injuring his leg, then drove through the front of a Morro Bay liquor store Thursday afternoon.

About 12:54 p.m., Mary Perry’s Buick LeSabre crashed into a man in his 50s or 60s who was standing near the entrance of Bottle Liquor at 999 Main St., said Morro Bay Police Department Cmdr. Bryan Millard.

The man, who isn’t being named by police, suffered “some fairly severe leg injuries” from the crash and was taken to a local hospital, Millard said.

The man was conscious but wasn’t speaking when he left the scene of the accident, the police commander said.

Perry, the sole passenger in the car, was uninjured and not arrested.

She was left in the care of her son as police continue their investigation into why the incident happened.

“There are no criminal charges pending,” Millard said. “(Perry) was cooperative with us.”

Nick Martinez, the store’s manager, said that Perry, a longtime Bottle Liquor customer, was pulling into a parking spot near the store and accelerated through the front door.

Martinez said the male customer had just made a purchase and stepped outside the store when he was rammed with Perry’s car. Martinez described the man’s leg as “nearly detached.”

After hearing a “big boom,” “I came running out and people were screaming,” Martinez said.

The store manager said he then escorted customers out of the back of the building and cleaned up blood. He said the door post stopped the vehicle from traveling further into the store.

Although Martinez said Bottle Liquor’s door now needs to be replaced, Millard said no structural damage occurred to the building.

Martinez said the store will install posts to protect customers from a similar incident in the future.

Police are investigating how fast Perry was driving and precisely where she was coming from when the incident occurred, Millard said.