Multi-car crash at Auto Zone

A woman who crashed into several other vehicles in the parking lots of a McDonald’s and an AutoZone store on North Avenue on Thursday told police that something went wrong with her car.

Karen Otero, 75, of Bridgeport, said that her 2001 Subaru Legacy suddenly accelerated, “due to a possible mechanical failure,” said William Kaempffer, the police department spokesman.

The collision with Otero’s car sent some vehicles into others, he said. A total of seven other vehicles were involved in the incident, Kaempffer said.

Four of those were parked and unoccupied, he said, and the other two were occupied.

Otero and a man in one of the other vehicles were transported to the hospital. Otero had complained of back and neck injuries and the man had unspecified minor injuries, the police spokesman said.

Most of the vehicles could be driven from the scene.

Witnesses and passengers say the woman first struck and SUV in the McDonald’s parking lot, then careened into the Auto Zone lot, striking vehicles on both sides of the lot before her dark-colored Subaru crashed into a blue Chevy Impala and came to a stop.

Police were continuing to investigate the crash Thursday afternoon. Otero has not been charged.

Staff Writer Frank Juliano contributed to this report

Wes Duplantier