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Caught on Camera: Driver Faints, Crashes Into Florida Taco Stand

Caught On Camera: Driver Faints, Crashes Car 1:37

Surveillance video caught the scene of a Florida car crash after a woman fainted behind the wheel, causing the vehicle to smash into a truck and flip over into the eating area of a nearby taco stand last week. The woman, 67-year-old Carol Deller of Michigan, told NBC station WBBH that she had started having fainting episodes shortly before vacationing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, but had been cleared to drive after visiting a doctor.

Deller said she suffered another episode while driving down Estero Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach last Wednesday with her boyfriend, 80-year-old David Knisely, also of Michigan, in the passenger seat "It was like day and night," Deller told WBBH. Knisely grabbed the wheel, but was unable to remove Deller’s foot from the accelerator. The car didn't hit any pedestrians, but crashed into a box truck reaching speeds of 60 mph before flipping over into the eating area of a nearby restaurant. A spokesman with the Lee County Sheriff's Office told NBC News that Deller suffered "a medical event" leading up to the crash.

Deller said she felt incredibly lucky to safely escape the accident. "I think God was looking out for us," she said.

— Daniella Silva