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One Killed When Car Crashes Into Driver Exam Station

August 27, 1988

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) _ A 77-year-old woman taking a driving test crashed through the wall of the examination station, killing a woman and injuring four others.

Sandra Warnes, 43, of Longview, was killed Friday when Pearl A. Kamm’s car jumped the curb and flew through the plate glass window of the building, said state police spokesman Bob Fletcher.

Ms. Kamm, of Atwood, ″put her vehicle in reverse and backed into a tree at the facility,″ he said. ″She then put it in forward and maintained that her foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal.″

The examiner in the car with Ms. Kamm, Mary Jo Fitzgerald, of Tuscola, was treated at a hospital and released. Ms. Kamm was not hurt.

Also injured were Ms. Warnes’ friend Donna Stutz, 34, of Longview, who was hospitalized; Wanda Orton, 39, of Tuscola, who was treated and released; and Robert Matteson, 43, of Villa Grove, who was cut by flying glass, Fletcher said.

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