Updated 12:22 p.m. on Jan. 23 with new details from Shorewood police
Police say, the elderly man who was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after hitting several cars in the parking lot, sparking his car on fire, suffered from an undetermined medical condition.
Around 2:30 p.m., the man hit five legally parked, unoccupied cars in the lot, before jumping the curb and coming to a rest in the northeast corner.
Emergency personnel arrived to find the man still in the car, and the car on fire. Shorewood Police Chief David Banaszynski said in a heroic effort, two officers broke a window and pulled the man from the car. He added the car was engulfed with flames when police arrived and any hesitation on their part could have proved fatal.
"Forty to 50 seconds later, it could have been worse," he said.
Police are still unaware of the man's condition as of Monday morning, but he is expected to survive injuries.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances behind the accident.