MISSION VIEJO The entrance to an arts-and-crafts store was destroyed when a woman drove her car through the front doors Monday morning, injuring a 53-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy.
Just before 11 a.m., a 78-year-old woman left the Michaels store at 25310 Marguerite Parkway, got into her Infinti, and drove it through the front of the store, destroying displays and four cash registers, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
“I don’t know if she thought the car was in reverse or what, but the car went forward, over the sidewalk, and took out two doors and bent the frame,” Amormino said. “All the windows were broken.”
At the register closest to the door, a mother with 4- and 2-year-old sons pulled them out of the way, but the older boy was hit by flying glass, Amormino said.
The car crashed through four registers and hit a 53-year-old woman who was shopping, throwing her 10-15 feet Amormino said. The woman was taken to Mission Hospital with injuries described as “at least moderate.”
A handful of associates received “bruises and scratches” said Doug Marker, Michaels vice president of Loss Prevention and Safety, in an e-mail. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the injured and all those affected.”
By 3 p.m., a small crew was on site to clean up the aftermath of the wreck. The entrance to the store had been barricaded off by shopping carts and customers were referred to Michaels locations in Foothill Ranch and Aliso Viejo.
A city building inspector will determine if the building is structurally safe to occupy, according to a news release. Marker said crews will work into the evening and throughout the night to repair the damage.
The driver was not arrested, but the crash is under investigation, Amormino said.
“I don’t know how that store is going to re-open,” Amormino said. “It looked like a truck went through there, not an Infiniti.”
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