A 72-year-old woman smashed through the front window display of a supermarket in Queens yesterday afternoon in a Mercedes SUV, injuring five people.
Heavy damage but thankfully only minor injuries reported at this time in 109Pct. pic.twitter.com/bJyWlLuXS2
— NYPD 109th Precinct (@NYPD109Pct) May 26, 2015
The driver, whose name has not been released, accelerated suddenly from her spot in the parking lot at PathMark grocery store in Flushing, on Farrington Street near 31st Road.
"She just went straight," a witness, who was standing in the parking lot at the time, told the News. "I heard an engine, like someone pushing down on the gas. She kind of swerved around another car and went straight inside the building.... I had to jump out of the way."
The SUV ground to a stop about 20 feet inside the grocery store, in the produce section, according to the News. A witness told the tabloid that the car stopped near a display of seedless watermelons.
Four shoppers were transported to local hospitals with "minor injuries," the NYPD says. While the driver complained she was in pain, she did not sustain any visible injuries. She was transported to Booth Memorial Hospital.
A deli counter employee described more gruesome injuries to the Post. “She took out the self-checkout machines, destroyed display dividers and ran through pipes," he said. Adding, "One of the self-checkout guys... got really badly mangled. He had a giant gash on his head down to the bone.”
No arrest have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.