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Woman hurt after crashing vehicle into Mon City bank

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:41 a.m.
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The First Niagara Bank at 318 W. Main St., Monongahela, sustained extensive damage when Charlotte Dickie, 86, of New Eagle, lost control of her Subaru Forester 11:33 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, causing it to crash into the side of the building. Dickie was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after being taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township.

A New Eagle woman was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after she crashed her vehicle into the side of a Monongahela bank Monday morning.

Monongahela police said Charlotte Dickie, 86, was traveling on Fourth Street when she lost control of her Subaru Forester 11:33 a.m., striking the side of First Niagara Bank, 318 W. Main St.

She reportedly told police she hit the gas pedal instead of the brake as she was nearing a traffic light on Fourth Street. That's when she lost control, causing her vehicle to travel through the bank parking lot, over a customer parking sign and into the side of the brick building near the drive-through window.

Bank officials immediately closed the business for the rest of the day.

The collision caused damage to both the exterior of the wall, and the office space on the other side. Several filing cabinets were toppled over and other items were damaged, police said.

Police said the damage was likely estimated in the “thousands.”

Dickie was able talk to police before ambulance personnel transferred her to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township. She was then flown to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Police said she suffered abrasions when her vehicle's air bags deployed. She is not facing charges, police said.

Assisting police at the scene were Monongahela firefighters and Tri-Community Ambulance personnel.

Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at swolford@tribweb.com.

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