Car smashes into Goose Creek apartment, no injuries

Residents stand around after a driver hit the gas instead of the brake this morning and crashed his Dodge Magnum into a brick wall at the Pine Lakes Apartments at 120 S. Cranford Road in Goose Creek. The driver and a woman inside one of the apartment units were not hurt.

GOOSE CREEK — A driver said he thought the gas was the brake just before he drove his Dodge wagon through a brick wall this morning at a Goose Greek apartment complex.

Neither the driver nor the apartment residents were injured in the crash at the Pine Lakes Apartments at 120 S. Cranford Road.

The driver, 23-year-old Rodney Gadsden, who said he does not live at the complex, mistakenly hit the gas while pulling into a parking space about 6:23 a.m. He said he panicked and continued to press the gas pedal until crashing into the entryway to Building E.

"Basically, the driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to drive into the building," said Cpl. Bob Beres, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash. "Fortunately, the driver and the people in the house were not injured."

The wreck dislodged a door to Building E and the door to a home, creating a 4-foot-wide hole at the entrance to the apartment. Bricks were strewn over the car's hood.

A grandmother who lives in the unit was not hurt and was staying with a neighbor as complex managers planned to make repairs to the building.

Beres said the crash was still under investigation but that the driver likely would not be ticketed. Alcohol was not a factor.

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