4 injured when vehicle crashes into Mandeville community center

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MANDEVILLE, La. (WGNO) – Four patrons of a Mandeville community center were transported to hospitals Monday morning after a car plowed through the building.

Mandeville Police Captain Gerald Sticker says the crash happened just before 9 a.m. at the Paul R, Spitzfaden Community Center at, 3090 East Causeway Approach.

Sticker says a 2001 Toyota Camry driven by 96-year-old Rita Williams, jumped the sidewalk outside of the community center and crashed through the front of the building. The vehicle plowed through a TV lounge where 4 patrons were sitting. The vehicle struck the patrons before the driver was finally able to bring the car to a stop.

The injuries are:

  • 83-year-old Antonio Cornacchia of Mandeville. He is the most seriously injured. He is being treated at Lakeview Regional for broken bones and lacerations.
  • 95-year-old Leo Wurtzel of Mandeville
  • 87-year-old Nicholas Currault of Mandeville
  • 57-year-old Mary Graver of Covington. Graver is a Council on Aging St Tammany (COAST) employee.

Wurtzel, Currault, and Graver are all being treated for minor injuries at Lakeview and Saint Tammany Parish Hospitals.

The driver of the car, Rita WIlliams, was charged with negligent injury. She will also be submitted to the DMV for a driver review.