Dad crashes into Plant City doctor's office after trying to give baby a pacifier

Posted at 6:18 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 02:46:22-04

PLANT CITY, Fla. — A doctor's waiting room is now a huge mess after a car came barreling through Saturday morning.

Fortunately, the cardiologist office in Plant City was closed  

"Anyone could have been in there or walking by. If it had happened during a weekday there would have been a lot of people injured doctors, techs, patients," said Amanda Tucker, an employee of the office. 

Amanda Tucker and Erica Velazquez are used to dealing with delicate situations at the office,
but neither woman imagined this. 

"My whole thing was how he made it to the yard, to the front part of the building," said Velazquez.

It's surprising, considering the office is at least 30 feet away from the road. But the reason why the driver lost control - both these women - could actually see happening.

Police said the father heading north on Thonotosassa took his eyes off the road, turning to the backseat to give his crying baby a pacifier.

"As a parent I know you get distracted," said Tucker.

Velazquez said, "I am a mother of three and I do have small ones. I do know how it is to operate a vehicle and get a diaper bag to an infant in the backseat." 

Thankfully no one got hurt, including the dad and his baby.

"We are a busy cardiologist office, to have a monkey wrench thrown into it is going to affect us significantly," said Velazquez.

The office is shut down until contractors can put in support beams and stabilize the building.

For now, doctors are seeing patients at different locations.

While the women sympathize with the driver they hope people will see this and think twice, and hopefully avoid another heart-stopping moment

"Pay attention when you are driving, it could mean somebody's life," said Tucker.