Published: Sep 15, 2011 7:24 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2011 7:30 PM EDT

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) - The manager of a Southern California bicycle shop says customers and staff came within inches of dying when a car driven by an 85-year-old woman barreled through the store.
    
Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Thursday the woman told authorities she hit the gas instead of the brake while parking in a handicapped spot in front of Rock N' Road Cyclery in Mission Viejo.
    
The Cadillac Deville struck a back wall Tuesday. The driver wasn't hurt, but three people in the store received minor injuries.
    
Manager John Bain says three customers and five workers were in the store, which had just been remodeled. He estimates the car was going 40 mph and missed some employees by inches.
    
The driver wasn't cited. Her name wasn't immediately released.

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