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Brunswick police: Driver mistakes pedals, pins McDonald's worker

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BRUNSWICK — Lindsey Krajzel said she first saw the police cars at the Pearl Road McDonald’s on her way home from picking up her kids from school.

Once in the house, she said she was scrolling through Facebook when she saw a post about someone being pinned under a car in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Her mom worked there, but Krajzel, 30, said didn’t think it was her mother who could’ve been hurt.

She was wrong.

Susan Krajzel of Brunswick died Thursday of injuries she received after she was pinned under a vehicle. Police said Friday that an elderly Brunswick woman was driving in the parking lot just after 3 p.m. when she mistook the gas pedal for the brake as she tried to park and ran into the 47-year-old woman.

“What we believe is that the driver of the vehicle, who is 73 years of age, confused the brake pedal with the gas pedal and she inadvertently accelerated the vehicle instead of stopping it while pulling into a parking space,” said Brunswick police Lt. Robert Safran.

“The fire department treated (Krajzel) on scene and tried to resuscitate her. She was ultimately transported to the (Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center Brunswick) ER and was pronounced deceased.”

Lindsey Krajzel said she knew none of this when she reached out to her mother after seeing the social media post.

“A couple minutes later, I tried calling my mom because she works there,” she said. “Her phone went to voice mail and I thought ‘Well that’s a little weird,’ because she never shuts her phone off.”

Soon after, detectives showed up at her door.

Lindsey Krajzel said she put two and two together as soon as they asked if Susan was her mom.

“I ended up going to the hospital in the evening to see her,” she said. “I prepared myself for the worst. When I saw her, it wasn’t what I expected at all. All considering, she looked way better then what I pictured in my head. I was really glad that I went up and saw her.”

Lindsey Krajzel said she has gotten a lot of support from community members as they have been reaching out to offer help. Many had great things to say about her mother.

“She was really, honestly, an outgoing person,” she said. “My phone has been blowing up with people texting, calling and all that kinds of stuff. Like, people I don’t even know that she somehow knew. I definitely was not expecting my Facebook and my phone to blow up like it did.”

Lindsey Krajzel said her mother worked at the McDonald’s for just three months.

This is the second similar collision to occur in less than two weeks.

On April 3, a 79-year-old North Royalton woman crashed her car into the CVS Pharmacy on West 130th Street in Hinckley Township.

Marion Mueller was driving a red 2018 Toyota Corolla when she confused the brake and gas pedals, according to police, and jumped the curb and slammed into the side wall of the building. No one was injured.

Brunswick police said Friday that they are still investigating this most recent crash.

“What we’re going to do is … we’re going to complete our investigation and then we are going to sit down with the prosecutor’s office and review any appropriate charges,” Safran said.

Lindsey Krajzel said she and her family hope that the healing process will be quick. The event was a shock to the family and they are in the midst of making arrangements for the grandmother of two with another grandchild on the way as they wait for the police department to finish the investigation.

“It still doesn’t seem real,” she said. “It seems like a scene out of a movie. It hasn’t even hit me yet because, like, how does that happen?”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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