A 51-year-old woman panicked and crashed into the front of a bank in St. Paul about 9 a.m. Friday, police said.
The woman, who had a driving permit, was trying to turn left from W. 7th Street onto Randolph Avenue when she panicked at the sight of an oncoming car, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos.
The woman accelerated and lost control of her car, which hopped a curb and struck a pillar that smashed into the front of Bank Cherokee. A 61-year-old man who was standing in the bank vestibule suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Paulos said the man may have suffered two broken or sprained ankles, and a broken leg. He was taken to Regions Hospital.
The woman was cited for failure to yield the right of way and unlawful acceleration. She was released at the scene. A licensed male driver who was with her at the time was cited for a permit violation.