Medical receptionist Seneca Wolfe responded quickly when the Honda Accord hit the building where she was working this morning.
“I didn’t see it, but I heard it. I was sitting at my desk and looked up,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh my God’ and ran as fast as I could to the car. And my heart is still racing a hundred miles per hour.”
Wolfe seemed slightly breathless while describing the incident that happened just before 9 a.m. at the offices of Drs. James Gottfried and Rolland Rogers III. She and fellow medical receptionist Casandra Wolfe swept up thousands of glass shards, the result of the four-door car completely smashing the middle glass pane of the waiting room. The glass spread about 15 feet into the building.
“It sounded like a sheet of glass shattering,” recalled Casandra Wolfe, who is no relation to Seneca.
Licensed practical nurse Susan Richards couldn’t believe how quickly Seneca Wolfe moved after the crash.
“She was like a streak,” Richards said.
When Wolfe got to the car, the woman behind the wheel wasn’t speaking and seemed a bit shaken. The receptionist helped the driver get out of the vehicle.
“Something was smoking. I didn’t want her to get stuck in the car,” Wolfe said.
The Monroeville driver, whose name was not available, was being treated by a doctor shortly after the incident.
“She’s talking fine and everything,” Norwalk Police Capt. Jack O’Neil said moments afterward.
The woman first backed up in the Benedict Avenue parking lot and hit a utility pole. Next, she “shot forward,” O’Neil said.
“She doesn’t remember if she hit the gas or the brake. Obviously, she hit the wrong one,” he added.
O’Neil earlier asked Norwalk Fire Capt. Tom Frey how he liked the start of his day.
“It could be worse,” the firefighter said. “It could have been someone sitting there instead of a (Christmas) tree.”
The police officer agreed.