Tuesday, July 16

One Injured After Driver Crashes into Asheboro Golden Corral Saturday

[Scott Pelkey | North State Journal]

ASHEBORO N.C. – A driver crashed into the Golden Corral in Asheboro Saturday evening, injuring one person inside the restaurant. 

On Saturday October 28th, 2023, just before 6 p.m. emergency crews were dispatched to the Golden Corral in Asheboro, located at 1070 E Dixie Dr., for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into the building. 

According to a crash report by the Asheboro Police Department, a 79-year-old driver of a 2005 Ford Focus was attempting to park her vehicle when she “accidently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake,” causing the vehicle to strike the front of the restaurant. 

One person inside the business was struck by the front end of the vehicle and debris from the structure and was transported to an area hospital. No information regarding their condition was available at the time this article was published.

In an email the Asheboro Police Department said no charges have been filed against the driver related to the crash at this time. 

Some Context

A limited study by the U.S. Department of Transportation identified 2,930 crashes for the 5-year period 2004-2008 in N.C. that were related to “pedal application errors.” 2,411 were caused by a driver applying the accelerator when he or she intended to apply the brake. Fifty-eight were the result of the driver’s foot slipping from the brake and pressing the accelerator, and 47 were the result of the driver pressing the wrong pedal in a vehicle with manual transmission (either clutch or accelerator rather than the brake, or the brake rather than the clutch).