Tammy Hatley stopped to ask a doctor whether he wanted a refill on his coffee before she continued to the front desk this morning.
It may have saved her life.
An elderly patient arriving for an appointment at Lakewood Chiropractic, 2434 N. Woodlawn, shortly before 10:30 a.m. hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, propelling her car through the wall and into the office.
Five hours later, it happened again — this time an elderly man broke the freshly replaced front window with his car.
"It's been a pretty exciting day," said Hatley, a chiropractic assistant.
The first crash occurred at 10:22 a.m., authorities said.
Hatley said she had stopped to ask a doctor whether he wanted more coffee, "and then 'Bam!' It was just a big explosion."
"She took out the whole front desk area," Hatley said of the driver. "Two more steps and it would have smashed me."
A receptionist behind the front counter was pushed back by a filing cabinet, but was not seriously injured, Hatley said.
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