Girl Scouts injured after man crashes Tesla into cookie stand outside a California Walmart, officials say

A Tesla crashed into a Girl Scout cookie stand outside a Walmart store in California.
California Highway Patrol Auburn
  • A man was arrested Saturday for crashing his Tesla into a Girl Scout cookie stand outside Walmart.

  • Authorities said he was driving under the influence, according to local outlets.

  • Three people were injured, including two Girl Scouts and a 78-year-old woman.

A man was arrested Saturday after he crashed his Tesla into a Girl Scout cookie stand outside a Walmart store in Granite Bay, California, according to local outlets.

Gary Benson, 69, was suspected of being under the influence of substances during the incident, which left three people injured, California Highway Patrol's Auburn division told KCRA 3. Two members of the Girl Scout troop, ages 9 and 10, were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, while a 78-year-old woman was transported with major injuries, per the outlet.


Officials said the incident happened at around 3:50 p.m. Saturday, and they arrived to find a 2015 Tesla slammed into the cookie stand in front of the store, according to Fox 40.

"I saw the yellow tape and I was just shocked to hear that some Girl Scouts were injured. This is a pretty low key parking lot," Granite Bay resident Ken Klinger told KCRA 3 outside of the Walmart store Saturday evening. "I hope to God they're going to be OK."

Benson was booked at Placer County Jail on Saturday night on felony charges of driving under the influence and causing injuries, according to authorities.

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