VALLEJO (CBS SF) — A silver Honda Civic careened into a Vallejo Dollar Store Thursday afternoon, crashing through the front window, slamming into shelves and injuring six people before it came to rest deep inside the building.
Authorities said the crash was first reported around 12:56 p.m. at the store located at 3475 Sonoma Blvd. Arriving police and firefighters were confronted with a chaotic scene. At least one of the injured was on the ground among the debris inside the store.
Citizens are asked to avoid the area.
— Vallejo Firefighters Association (@VallejoFire) November 21, 2019
Vallejo firefighters tweeted that six accident victims — all of them customers — were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Two paramedics were on their lunch break eating at the Togo’s next door. They ran over to help the injured customers.
“A whole lot of glass. Everything was on the floor. And a lot of people were on the floor,” said witness Makhan Dabb, who works next door.
The driver told the paramedics she blacked out as she was driving her Honda Accord in the parking lot and regained consciousness after the impact.
“Her consciousness came back. She really even don’t know what happened. That’s what we heard,” said Dabb.
“She seems kind of dazed,” said Cyrus Charles, a security officer at the shopping center.
Vallejo Fire Engineer Kevin Brown said ambulances responded and took four injured people to a hospital. The two others declined transport. The injured were cut by glass from the shattered front window or were hit by the car.
Susan Huff was in the store at the time of the crash. She avoided being hit by the Honda as it careened passed her at the checkout stand into the Christmas decoration display.
“I’m in shock,” Huff told the Vallejo Times Herald. “I think I’m OK. I’ve been calming down. I don’t feel any pain.”
The female driver had been a customer minutes before her car careened through the front windows. A cause of the crash was still under investigation.
For now, it appears the driver will not face any charges.