Car Crashes into L.I. Dunkin' Donuts Store

There were several injuries in the crash

By Pei-Sze Cheng and Greg Cergol
|  Friday, Jul 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:23 AM EDT
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At least one person was seriously hurt after a car crashed into a Dunkin' Donuts in Valley Stream, Long Island. Pei-Sze  Cheng reports.

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At least one person was seriously hurt after a car crashed into a Dunkin' Donuts in Valley Stream, Long Island. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

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One person was seriously hurt when a car crashed through the front of a Dunkin' Donuts store on Long Island Thursday.

A driver crashed a silver Buick sedan through the front of the Valley Stream store at about 3:30 p.m., officials said. 

Police believe the elderly driver of the sedan may have been trying to park his car when he stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake. He jumped the curb, knocking down a handicap parking sign before plowing through the store.

Cubert Steele, who works next door to the donut shop, told NBC 4 New York a customer inside was hit by and pinned underneath the vehicle.

"A guy was underneath the car, he got ran over," he said. 

Witnesses said both the elderly driver and his passenger were taken away by ambulance. 

Another person was seen being taken from the scene in a medical helicopter.

After police gathered evidence from the scene, the owner and his crew proceeded to clean up the store. 

"I was glad I wasn't sitting in the front there by the windows," said Ed Ballar, a regular customer at the store. 

"It could have been anybody, wrong place at the wrong time," said Peter Sottile. "It was not a good sight at all." 

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