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Car smashes through shop

Brad Furman is lucky he didn't sustain serious injuries or worse after a car crashed through the front of Me 2 U Boutique in West Kelowna Friday afternoon.

Furman and his wife Grace were shopping in the store when the incident occurred sometime after 3 p.m.

"The door (store front door) missed me by about a foot," Furman recalled.

His wife was in the change room at the time.

"I was looking at the back of the store at the owner and I saw her face...she had a look of shock or surprise...and I just moved back to where I was before."

Incredibly, Furman didn't receive so much as a glass cut.

The driver of the vehicle, a woman believed to be in her 40's also escaped unharmed.

"She said 'I must have hit the brake instead of the gas...no I mean the gas instead of the brake," added Furman.

"She was pretty shaken up."

The woman was treated by BC Ambulance at the scene but left on her own.

Her sedan was towed away where, according to RCMP Cpl. Cory Lepine, it will be checked out for possible mechanical malfunctions.

The force and angle of the impact took out not only the front doors and a window but a side window as well.

"I think once she got up on the sidewalk she kind of panicked and maybe steered her vehicle into the corner of the building," says Lepine.

This is the latest in a series of similar incidents up and down the Okanagan Valley over the past several months.

"Any time you have something like this, obviously it's concerning but accidents happen. That's the nature of the business," says Lepine.

"She wasn't being reckless or anything like that...it's just one of those things where she hit the gas instead of the brake I think."

Lepine adds that accidents like this are not restricted to just elderly drivers - they can happen to anybody.

Tina Krczizanowski is the owner of Me 2 U.

"I actually saw the lady drive up and she just kept driving. Her car didn't stop," says Krczizanowski.

"I was shocked because she kept coming over the sidewalk and then all of a sudden she was in the store. It was a big bang but I thought it would actually be a lot louder than it was."

Once the vehicle was removed from the store West Kelowna firefighters cleaned up the scene of broken glass and twisted metal.


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