HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - A driver loses control of her car and slams into a store in Hartford, Connecticut. The dramatic scene was caught on camera.
The surveillance video you can see above defines the term close call. 27-year-old Rosa Rios of Hartford told police her foot simply slipped off the brake and on to the accelerator of the mini-van she was driving.
Bilal Ali, store clerk, said, “I was over there making chicken for a customer. The car was speeding and it was too much and everything came down.”
Rios has been charged with failure to carry a license, insufficient insurance and unsafe movement from a stopped position.
According to Mohammad Iqbal, the store owner, “Whatever happened, you see that, is unbelievable. I can't accept it that something like this could happen.”
Mohammad said he's owned the store for about 20 years or so and seen almost everything except nothing like this.
“But, everything is ok, thank God. This is a god blessing, and nobody was hurt. I'm so happy,” said Mohammad.
Well, not quite. Police say 3 store patrons were injured and transported to Hartford Hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.
“Whatever was broken can be fixed in a day or two, no problem, but as long as they save the life, that is what’s important,” said Mohammad.
Mr. Iqbal says he likely lost over $1,000 in food items. The store will remain closed until the Hartford building inspector gives the owner the all clear, which could be several days.
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