OMAHA (KPTM)- A car plowed through The Omaha Bridge Studio Tuesday night, injuring two women.
Police say 67-year-old Richard Parrish most likely hit his gas instead of the brakes when parking in front of the building. He was cited for careless driving.
Police gave him a field sobriety test and say he was not intoxicated.
Diane Zipay and Lorna Rollag were taken to the hospital. Both are recovering.
This is the second time the building has been hit by a car. The Broadcasting Plus building next door was also hit by a car in 2007 according employees. They have installed concrete parking blocks and cement pillars in front of the building to prevent a second collision.
Cupcake Island next door to the bridge studio was also damaged. The car took out its restrooms before crashing through the back of the bridge building.
Zipay says the experience was horrific. "I remember every microsecond of the accident. I was sitting in a chair with my back to the door and I heard what I thought was a bomb go off," she explained.
The car slammed a table into her, knocking her to the ground. Rollag was hit in the head.
Zipay said she has been playing bridge for years. "I played with my father for 20 years…he died last October and I really believe that he saved me last night. He had to have been there just guarding me because there's no way I should have lived through that."
The car crashed through the building while dozens of people inside were getting ready to sit down and play in a matter of minutes. Zipay said there would have been tables full of people right in the path of the car.
Zipay says though she was dealt a bad hand Tuesday night, she'll still play the game, but at a table far from the windows.
The Omaha Bridge Studio has not determined how long it will take to make repairs, or when they will resume playing games.
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