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Car crashes through store

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Shoppers escaped a potentially deadly situation unscathed Thursday, when an elderly man apparently suffered a medical condition and drove his car through Dick's Sporting Goods.

His gold Cadillac peeled across the store's parking lot, dislodged a decorative cement pillar and plowed through the store's front entrance at about 9 p.m, police said.

The car hurtled through the center aisle, razing everything in its path until it collided with a rear wall, in a storage area behind the store's shoe department.

The collision left the Milan Road store in shambles. Wreckage toppled onto the car, trapping the driver and his passenger until Perkins police and firefighters arrived.

Dozens of bystanders huddled in the parking lot Thursday described the aftermath as eerily quiet.

Those who witnessed the episode unfold, however, described a different scene.

"There was glass everywhere, from front to back," said Erin McLaughlin, 20, who was inside the store. "People were yelling for us to go the front of the store, but some went back to the car and tried to help."

Remarkably, it doesn't appear anyone was seriously injured during the incident, Perkins police Lt. Edward Hastings said.

"At this busy time of night, it's amazing," Hastings said. "Everyone was accounted for and taken out of the store."

An ambulance transported the man and his passenger, who is suspected to be his wife, to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The pair's names were unavailable as of Thursday night, but will likely be released tomorrow.

The extent of their injuries is unknown, but they were conscious and alert when they were removed from their vehicle, Hastings said. Police haven't yet determined the man's medical condition.

Perkins police are investigating the incident. They continued to comb through the rubble late Thursday night, and a tow truck removed the damaged car from the scene at about 10:15 p.m.

Police will provide the Register with surveillance video from inside the store when it becomes available, they said.

"This is going to take some time," Hastings said. "I've never seen anything quite like this."

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