UPDATE (1:27 p.m.)—Catherine Bezanson gave the Starbucks drive-thru a whole new meaning Wednesday morning. After spilling coffee inside her Volvo while pulling onto Constant Friendship Boulevard around 11 a.m., the 18-year-old crashed through a fence and over a short cliff to the parking lot below.
The Bel Air resident escaped with no more injuries than a seat belt rash. There were no passengers in the vehicle.
“I’m safe—nothing wrong with me,” Bezanson said about an hour after the crash. “I bought coffee for my family and I was trying to come out of the parking lot, but the coffee spilled and I thought I put my foot on the decelerator, but I hit the wrong pedal and as I reached over to fix the coffee spill, the car went with me.”
Bezanson’s parents, who asked not to be named, came to the scene to pick her up.
“My only comment is I’m glad she’s not hurt,” her father said.
Bezanson wasn’t too concerned for her safety—at first.
“I am very upset about the car,” she said. “Actually I was more worried about the car than I was about myself until I realized that I could flip over.”
A Maryland State Police trooper arrived at the incident by chance before the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and also responded.
As the car was towed away about an hour later, Bezanson said she learned a lesson.
“If coffee spills in your car, don’t think about the coffee," she said. "Think about getting to your destination, turning your car off first, then fixing the problem, because it’s definitely not worth it.”