‘Loud­est crash ever’

Woman slams ve­hi­cle into Charlottetown store

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Stephen He­garty’s work­day came to a crash­ing halt Mon­day af­ter­noon in Charlottetown.

The man­ager of De­nis Of­fice Sup­plies and Fur­ni­ture on Kent Street was get­ting ready to close for the day when a ve­hi­cle slammed through the store’s side­walk en­trance.

He was stand­ing be­hind the counter, a safe dis­tance from the door, but the noise was alarm­ing as glass rained down and twisted metal clanged to the pave­ment.

“It was the loud­est crash I’ve ever heard,’’ he says.

“I was quite sur­prised.’’ He­garty was alone in the store when a 33-year-old Charlottetown woman ploughed into a city store shortly be­fore 5:30 p.m. No one was in­jured.

Po­lice say the woman was on her way to pick up her son at a nearby day care when she clipped a parked ve­hi­cle and drove through the glass door.

A small por­tion of the ve­hi­cle’s front end poked through a sec­ond door that leads di­rectly into the store.

There were no pas­sen­gers in the ve­hi­cle, a Hyundi SUV, and no­body near the door.

Const. Ron Kennedy of the Charlottetown Po­lice Ser­vices, says city po­lice may deal with one or two in­stances a year of a ve­hi­cle crash­ing into a build­ing.

“To ac­tu­ally go in­side, that’s very rare,’’ he adds.

“I guess the good thing is no­body was in­jured and we can get the build­ing and the ve­hi­cle fixed.’’

Kennedy says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will look at pos­si­ble ve­hi­cle mal­func­tion as well as po­ten­tial driver er­ror.

“To ac­tu­ally go in­side, that’s very rare. I guess the good thing is no­body was in­jured and we can get the build­ing and the ve­hi­cle fixed.’’ Const. Ron Kennedy


A 33-year-old Charlottetown woman crashed her ve­hi­cle through the door of a city store on Kent Street af­ter clip­ping a parked car Mon­day af­ter­noon. Po­lice say there were no in­juries.

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