Man released from hospital; Wells Fargo open after Monday SUV crash

VERO BEACH — A 75-year-old driver who accidentally pushed the gas pedal, sending his vehicle crashing into the front doors of a Wells Fargo bank, was released from the hospital late Monday, officials said.

The driver, Thomas Bradley, Vero Beach, suffered minor injuries in the wreck, Vero Beach police spokesman Master Officer Darrell Rivers said. The bank was closed at the time of the crash, and there were no employees inside.

The Wells Fargo, located on Miracle Mile, operated during normal business hours on Tuesday. The bank has two more doors located on the east side of the building for customers to use.

“Our branch is open and available to the public,” Wells Fargo Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications Gabriela Lambertus said. “Wells Fargo’s top concern is the safety and well-being of our customers and team members.”

A construction company boarded up the front doors with plywood. The crash left the front doors shattered, mangled and destroyed.

Bradley, who was in a black Dodge Journey, drove into the building about 6 p.m. Monday at Wells Fargo, 600 21st Street, Vero Beach. Bradley had bruises to his arms and legs from air bag deployment, Rivers said.

Bradley was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital with minor injuries, Rivers said. There were no passengers in the sports utility vehicle.

The wreck left the bank with $20,000 in damages, Rivers said. The SUV had heavy front end damage, about $10,000 in repair costs.

It was unclear when the front doors to the bank would be repaired. No charges were expected in the incident.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

 

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