An elderly woman was killed and another man injured after their car slammed into a pet grooming store in Margate, officials said.
According to Margate Fire officials, the elderly man was driving the car when he crashed into The Grooming Post located on 6534 West Atlantic Boulevard. He was taken to the hospital.
The pet grooming store was evacuated, officials said.
In light of similar incidents, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz has proposed an ordinance requiring anti-ram fixtures to be placed in shopping centers in an effort to prevent vehicles from potentially crashing into storefronts.
The item was created in response to the tragic deaths of two women who were killed last August when an SUV slammed into a store near Bird Road and SW 134th Avenue.
Miami-Dade’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee gave initial approval to the ordinance.
"There is no price put on the life of a person, especially when you are talking about sitting in front of a store. All of sudden someone comes and killes you because brakes fail," Diaz said.
The ordinance stipulates that these anti-ram fixtures would be placed in shopping centers when head-in parking is located adjacent to a storefront installation. The fixtures would be installed along the outer edge of the sidewalk to visually and physically separate the vehicular and pedestrian areas.