Gwinnett County police said a 68-year-old woman may have been confused about which pedal she was pushing in her car before she drove the vehicle into a packed Snellville restaurant Thursday, resulting in the death of an elderly man.

Police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said the accident happened as the woman was pulling into a parking space just before 3 p.m. at M and J Homestyle Cooking, 3050 W. Main St. The restaurant was full of customers when the crash happened, but the number of people who were harmed during the crash was limited to two, according to police.

“The crash killed one man who was 71 and injured a second man who sustained minor injuries,” Washington said.

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the accident, but they believe she may have confused her car’s brake pedal with its accelerator, Washington said. Police have not decided if the woman will be charged in the incident.

Washington said Gwinnett County fire officials checked the structure’s damage but determined it was still structurally sound.

The driver’s husband was with her in the car at the time of the accident. She was taken to a local hospital to be checked for injuries. The husband was not injured in the accident, police said.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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