Toyota Minivan Crashes Into Marylou’s Coffee Shop In Cohasset

COHASSET (CBS) – A coffee shop known for its television commercials was the scene of a wild crash Friday morning.

A mini van plowed right by the counter through the front of Marylou’s on Route 3A around 7:15 a.m.

No one was hurt. There were no customers in the store at the time.

“The driver of the vehicle is reporting that she came in for coffee, she slowed at the curb and the vehicle accelerated on its own crashing through the front of the store and hitting the rear of the store,” said Cohasset police Lt. William Quigley.

The 2004 Toyota Sienna rolled right by the counter before slamming into some soda machines and then through a rear wall into an office.

The crash was captured by four surveillance cameras in the shop.

Watch the video:

Store manager Alyson Robson said they’re typically busy at that time.

“7:15, it’s usually a line of these men that come in every day. Today, they came in ten minutes early.”

Police did not name the driver, but said she is 42 years old and from Weymouth.

“She said she was attempting to apply the brakes and it just wasn’t happening,” Quigley said.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

“At this point it doesn’t appear that they will be any charges. Our department has seized this vehicle as evidence. We’re going to hold it and have some specialists take a look at it to see if there’s any issues with the acceleration pedal or the brakes.”

Toyota recently has recalled more than two million vehicles because of accelerator problems.

Meanwhile, the Marylou’s in Cohasset plans to re-open on Saturday.

  • Cynic

    Years ago I was driving a car onto the lift at a garage where I was working. I stepped on the Brake and it went all the way to the floor. The car went out the front of the lift and smashed against the wall.
    I told the Manager what had happened. He checked the Brakes and they worked fine so they determined that I was driving on the lift too fast and I was on their fecal roster for a long time.
    This bothered me for a long time because I KNEW that when I stepped on the Brakes the were not there.
    A year or so later I was attending a class in Brakes. I mentioned this to the instructor and asked his opinion.
    I said that the Brakes had “Bypassed”.He said it was not unusual. It happens because of air gets into lines of even a rubber cup bending a little the fluid is not pushed against the brake piston. He told me that it is a once in a liftime event but if it ever happened again to quickly pump the brake. This will solve the problem.
    From that day to this.. Every time I am about to use my Brakes I automatically pump them quickly to make sure that I have them.
    Of course right afetr I learned this I called down to New Jersey to let the shop Manager know that he wasn’t so smart after all.
    It’s most likely that her brakes by passed.
    Incidently I have never seen a MaryLous commercial….To me they are known more for their good Coffee and being a nice place to go.

  • Cynic

    The Cohasset Police would do well to take the above into consideration when they check the Vehicle.There are many ” specialists”.. that are not aware that this happens.

    • Cynic

      I suggested a posibility that the Police might consider when trying to determine the cause af this accident and it is being held for “Moderation”….WHY?

  • SMD

    So we have two distinctly different and mechanically unrelated failures here. One being that the vehicle accelerated by itself and the other one is that the brakes didn’t work. Interesting story I suppose, especially a day after Toyota announced another round of recalls. I wouldn’t be surprised if her lawyer started preparing the law suit yesterday. But then again, anything is possible.

  • Sloppy_Joe

    WOW! a woman driver what are the chances?

    • cynic


      • Sloppy_Joe

        Common ….really?

  • Anonymous

    My guress is this lady was having a blonde moment. She probably was looking for the drive thru window, couldn’t find one and decided to make one of her own. Glad the ladies inside weren’t injured.

    • Cynic

      Anonymous… I have to tell you this….There was a Ventriliquist. Doing a Show. The Dummy said ” I met A real dumb Blonde today’ . A Woman in the back jumped up and yelled ” Just a Minute,I don’t have to listen to this.I have been hearing Dumb Blonde jokes all my life and I am tired of it. We are no dumber than anyone else”. The Ventriliquist said.” I’m sorry miss I didn’t mean to offend you” The Woman said…”You shut up,I’m not talking to you”.

  • Ellen

    All I can say about this is thank God no one was hurt, and thank God the woman was only in her thirties because if she was a senior the comments here would be entirely different.

    • Cynic

      Thats For Certain,and so would the Headline.

  • Coffee drinker

    Anyone ever here of neutral check her phone logs probably talking or texting

  • emom

    she literatly drove thru for her NUTTY IRISHMAN, super lou 3 sugars and extra cream … gas pedal got stuck because she got stuck on stupid, and wouldnt put down the phone,,,

  • annmarie

    i am also a blound as well
    just because some ladys are blounds dont mean they are all ( DUM blounds)
    i am so glad when she hit Marry Lou’s no was not at the counter getting coffee
    and no one was not injured

  • emom

    well as a blonde my self, I can say this is something I would not have done, but the blondes I have encountered that seem to be the typical AIR HEADS ,, are the ones that have that bottle of peroxide as their daily hair care product,,, they have bleached their usefull minds into a useless mush pudding of a mind ,,, I wonder if she has a masters or bacholors degree,,, but not a brain in her head,,, yeah I am thinking she was one of these that got those CLIFF NOTES while in college , You know like the dumb or smart state story,, YEAH<<<<< this is a perfect example of what to expect from our college bound kids in the future,, NEVER TRUELY USING THAT THING BETWEEN THEIR EARS as my dad use to say,,,, YOUR BRAIN,,,, another entitled educated know it all that beleives she did absolutley nothing wrong ,,, IT WAS SOMEONE ELSES FAULT,,, THE VANS,, couldnt it be her foots fault,,, she should sue her foot,,, stupid indeed,

  • anomynus

    The gas pedal was stuck because her foot was on it, no wonder this happened, it was a woman driver, if it was a man driving that wouldn’t have happened

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