Woman killed when car crashes into building

Driver taken to hospital

By Terrell Forney - Reporter

MARGATE, Fla. - Police are investigating after a car crashed into a building in Margate on Wednesday morning, injuring the driver and killing the passenger.

The crash occurred in front of The Grooming Post, a pet store located at a strip mall at 6534 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Margate police said John Costa, 85, and Elizabeth Costa, 82, of Tamarac, were in a gold Honda Accord, pulling into a parking space in front the store.

John Costa told witnesses he lost control of the car while trying to park.

Elizabeth Costa died at the scene. John Costa walked away from the crash, and he was taken to North Broward Medical Center for observation. Police said his injuries were not life-threatening.

No one in the building was injured.

Hugo Marini, the owner of The Grooming Post, was in the back of his business, grooming two dogs at the time.

"We heard a big, big explosion, and all of a sudden, we just see this car driving in, and he hit the whole thing, as you can see," Marini said. "I talked to the guy, said, 'What happened?' He said, 'The gas pedal got stuck.' That's all we know. Now, we're waiting for our store to be boarded."

Shattered glass and broken pieces of concrete littered the area as the car blocked the front entrance.

Marini said his business has been there for about 19 years. He said he does have insurance.

It is unclear whether a medical condition may have preceded the crash or the woman's death.

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