BRADENTON -- A husband and wife are being treated in the emergency room after the man inadvertently plowed into one of the columns at Blake Medical Center's main entrance.
The woman was being released from the hospital at about 11 a.m., and her husband was waiting for her to be loaded into the car by a nurse when the accident occurred.
"There is an unknown medical condition, so that caused him to hit the gas, not the brake," Bradenton police Officer George Lehr said.
No charges are expected to brought against the driver, he said.
Bystanders were shocked at what unfolded in front of them.
"It was the most crazy thing," Robert Masias said. "He almost ran over his wife."
Masias said he witnessed the couple come out of the hospital, the wife escorted out by a nurse, and watched as the husband went to get the car.
"The nurse was fixing her up as he waited," Masias said. "He started nodding his head."
Just then the nurse opened the door to her help her in, he said.
"The woman was about to put her left leg in, and the car just went off," Masias said. "Good thing the nurse was still holding her."
The Honda Accord side-swiped a Honda Ridgeline and then rammed into a column in the covered driveway.
"After he hit the column, he started holding on to his chest," Maisas said.
The couple were both rushed into the emergency room, but their conditions were unknown, according to police.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.