Car Crashes Into Family Dollar Store In Buffalo

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Lou Chilelli

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September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- It was business interrupted at a Family Dollar store in Buffalo Friday morning, as a car drove thought the front window. The front half of a silver car sat inside one of the front windows of the Family Dollar store on Kensington Avenue in the city. A shaken but uninjured Hayward Powell sat for a while to recover from the shock of what he saw. Moments before, Powell was walking in front of the store.

"I saw her come into the lot and pull into the spot, where she was going to stop. I saw here slow down. I physically saw the car slow down..which is why I kept walking...because one of the two of us was going to make contact if she didn't stop. So, I saw her slow down...so I kept walking. All of a sudden, her car sped up and it missed me by maybe four to six inches," Powell explained.

Although there were store employees working near the spot where the car made its entrance...no one inside was injured. The 62 year old female driver from Williamsville was uninjured. No charges have been filed against the driver.

"She said she slowed down and all of a sudden the car took off," Powell added. Powell says that a quick conversation kept him from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. "I saw someone I knew come out of the medical facility and I stopped and talked to her for about 30 seconds and that apparently is the 30 seconds that I needed, not to get caught up in this thing," he said.

The store closed for repair. The 2002 Jaguar was impounded by Buffalo Police. The car will undergo an examination to see if mechanical failure contributed to the crash.