HILLTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – What would you do if you spotted someone going full speed the wrong way on the highway?
Adam Zurek went for his cell phone camera and taped the frightening ordeal. Randall Moyer called 911.
“I quickly motioned for her to stop and at that point, I could see she was terrified and she just grabbed the steering wheel and gunned it,” Moyer said.
Police identified the driver as 68-year-old Evelyn Carboni of Perkasie. The incident happened at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on Route 309. Police say Carboni covered about a four-mile stretch from Telford to Souderton. Eyewitnesses say Carboni drove in the breakdown lane of the northbound side at speeds between 55-60 mph.
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Moyer added, “All I could see was traffic coming and just moving left and right to avoid her. She hit the median several times.”
Officer Jerry Fish with the Hilltown Township Police Department was the first to respond.
“I was waving at her and she finally looked over at me. Thank God, she came to a stop,” Officer Fish said.
Carboni told Officer Fish she was on her way to a doctor’s appointment and she thought she was turning into the hospital parking lot. Instead, Carboni had actually turned onto the North-bound off-ramp of Route 309.
Last October, another elderly driver was caught on tape driving the wrong way on I-95. Several accidents were reported then. This time, miraculously there were no reports of accidents and no one was injured.
Officer Fish said, “I don’t know how she did it. She didn’t even seem frazzled at all. In fact, she was actually getting upset at me because I kept questioning her mental status. She said there’s nothing wrong with her and she said she knew she was going the wrong way, she was just trying to find the exit.”
Carboni was admitted to hospital overnight for “evaluation.” Carboni was not cited yet as police say their investigation is continuing.
In the meantime, police say Carboni will not drive again until she is re-tested for her driver’s license by PennDOT.
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Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3