Police said that a woman apparently hit the gas instead of the brakes before crashing her blue Ford Expedition into two other vehicles and then through the front doors of Michael’s, 7231 24th St. in North Riverside on Sunday afternoon.
The vehicle did not strike anyone inside the arts and crafts supply store. Two adults inside one of the other vehicles were taken to Loyola University Medical Center with what police called minor injuries.
“It was amazing no one was hit inside,” said North Riverside Police Sgt. Chris Boenzi.
A Westchester woman who was shopping inside Hancock Fabrics next door said she heard the sound of a violent crash.
“I just knew they took a wall out,” said the woman, who declined to give her name. “It was a hard impact type of thing.”
Accoring to Boenzi, the Expedition was traveling southbound in a parking aisle approaching the store at about 2:45 p.m. When the vehicle reached the end of the aisle, the vehicle accelerated and struck two vehicles, including a tan Chevy Tahoe parked in front of the store.
The Chevy Tahoe ended up on the sidewalk while the Expedition slammed through the glass front doors and window, coming to a rest about 15 feet inside the store. Surveillance camera footage shows two people walking past the front door inside the store about 18 seconds before the vehicle smashes into the store.
Charges against the driver of the Expedition are pending, Boenzi said.