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A driver trying to park on Sherman Avenue in downtown Evanston this afternoon hit the accelerator instead of the brake and plowed into the wall of the CVS drugstore at 1711 Sherman Ave.

Update 6 p.m.: Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says fire paramedics responded to the scene but the driver, a 74-year-old Evanston woman refused medical treatment.

The driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and damage to city property. Parrott says the police accident investigator will recommend the driver be re-tested by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office for driving privlages due to the circumstances of the crash.

Although a large glass window was broken and some bricks below the window were pushed in, Parrott said the building didn’t appear to be in any imminent structural danger, but that city inspectors were being dispatched to the scene to take a look at it.

The work of a North Shore Towing crew pulling the car away from the building reportedly was complicated somewhat because a bicycle locked to a parking meter had become stuck underneath the car.

The accident was first reported at 2:32 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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