A 77-year-old Ingleside woman was ticketed after police say she drove her vehicle off the end of Grand Avenue into Pistakee Lake, authorities said, because she mistook the gas for the brake pedal.
Helen Rosing was slightly injured in the accident that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. Fox Lake Police Lt. Jeff Norris said.
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After Rosing punched the gas, the car took off west on Grand Avenue, ran through a stop light at Route 12 and traveled another block before running a stop sign at Pistakee Lake Road. She then drove another 150 feet before crashing through a wooden fence at the end of Grand Avenue in front of Dockers Restaurant, Norris said.
"The car was estimated to have been going about 50 mph when she hit the fence," he said. "She flew about 150 feet before splashing down into Pistakee Lake."
Rosing was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
Norris said no vehicles were on Grand Avenue as Rosing lost control of the vehicle and no one was in Pistakee Lake where the car landed.
Rosing was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, Norris said.