Retired teacher killed when woman drives into North Dallas store



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Posted on January 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 7:52 AM

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DALLAS - A retired school teacher was killed Friday afternoon when an elderly woman plowed her car into the front of Total Hearing Care of Dallas, a hearing aid store in far north Dallas.

Relatives told News 8 that Fred Sallis, 88, suffered a crushed pelvis and severe blood loss when the accident happened.

The driver of a white Honda Accord made a large, gaping hole through the front of the business in the 7600 block of Campbell Road at Coit Road.

Police said the woman driving the sedan mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake with such force that almost all of her Honda was inside the business.

In addition to Sallis, an employee and the driver were also taken to the hospital. Police said there conditions were not thought to be life-threatening.

"It was frightening," said Jill Copley, an audiologist who was working inside the store at the time of the crash. "It was scary. When you see the walls come down, it looks like a war zone in there."

Sgt. Steve Toth said he was surprised to see how far the car had driven into the business.

"I've worked a lot of these and this is pretty significant," he said. "Normally we see a front-end of the car touching the building, 80 percent of the car was inside the building."

Sallis taught Spanish and English at Sunset High School in Oak Cliff for Dallas ISD. He was living with heart and lung problems, his daughter said.

Sallis' blood pressure dropped very low Friday night, his family said, and he died before ever making it to surgery.