7-11 Gets Unwelcome Visitor

Like all other states, Florida requires that a person have a valid driver’s license from the state of Florida or another state in order for a person to legally drive. There are many reasons why a license may get suspended or revoked in the state. One of the most common reasons is a DUI conviction. Another way for a license to be suspended is working under the points system in Florida. Each traffic violation is a specific number of points. Once a person acquires 12 or more points within 12 months, their license can be suspended. Another way that a driver’s license may be suspended is if a person is caught driving without insurance. No matter the reason that a license is suspended, it is never a good idea to drive on a suspended license.

The News-Press reports on a woman driving on a suspended license who crashed into a 7-11 convenience store.

On Tuesday, March 12th, just after 11:30 a.m., a vehicle drove into the 7-Eleven store located on S. Cleveland Avenue, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 36-year-old Elizabeth McCarney of Lehigh Acres was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon. In the passenger seat was 59-year-old Jeffrey Peterson.

Previously having been parked on the south side of the store, McCarney pulled out of that parking spot and made a wide turn to the parking spaces on the east side. For unknown reasons, McCarney accelerated into the store, jumping the curb and driving into the storefront. Inside the store, the vehicle struck 44-year-old Spencer Thomas and 53-year-old Tahera Khanam.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident. McCarney was wearing her seatbelt but Peterson was not. McCarney was arrested for driving on a suspended license. She was also given a traffic citation for reckless driving.