You can't be too careful. Even a car wash can be a dangerous place...
All Laura Schofield wanted to do was have her 2001 Land Rover washed. But when employee Maximino Olmedo of Fast Eddie’s Full Service Car Wash & Detail Center in Crystal Lake, Ill., took the reins, he somehow lost control of the car, hitting a building and a parked car and injuring Laura and her daughter, Ariel.
Sounds like a pretty brave Mom, though, as she had the presence of mind to push her daughter Ariel L. Schofield, 9, out of the way before the vehicle struck her, spinning her around and causing some injury. She was flown by helicopter to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The "Fast Eddie" employee continued on, hitting the exterior of the nearby Country Inn & Suites along with at least one other parked car.
The daughter received only a gash on her head.
"She was tossed," Brian Schofield said Monday. "She must have hit something when she was pushed out of the way."
His wife originally was taken Saturday to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, but flown by helicopter later that night to Lutheran General, Brian Schofield said. She suffered from three broken vertebrae and a broken rib and remained in the hospital awaiting a Tuesday surgery.
"She's stable; she's in pain," said husband Brian. "But everyone is doing OK. We're getting a lot of support from everybody."
Maximino Olmedo, 54, of Crystal Lake, was charged with one count of reckless driving. He did not report any injuries. Figures. I hope Fast Eddie has a good lawyer and his liability insurance up to date.
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