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Car crashes into Famous Footwear store in Salt Lake City, four people injured

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jul 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-02 23:59:55-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A car crashed into a Famous Footwear store in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon, injuring four people, police report.

The incident happened at around 3:45 p.m. near 1170 E. 2100 S.

Police say four people were injured in the incident, including the driver of the SUV.

Car crashes into Famous Footwear store in Salt Lake City, four people injured

One woman is in the hospital in critical condition after she was trapped underneath the vehicle, police report.

A mother, who was 21 weeks pregnant, and her 7-year-old daughter also suffered minor injuries, Salt Lake City police said. The mother picked up her child and moved her out of the way so she wouldn't get hit by the vehicle.

The driver of the SUV, an 81-year-old woman, also has minor injuries.

“I was standing in the salon, and it was a huge boom," said Jacques Richards, who witnesses the incident. "I thought it was an earthquake. And then as I was looking out the door, I could see glass spraying out of the window into the parking lot.”

Police say initial investigation appears as though the driver thought she was pushing the brake when she actually accelerated, causing her to crash into the store. The driver did stay at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, officials said.

“When you're at work, you don't expect a car to come right through your window," said Hannah Tycksen, who witnessed the crash. “She just went straight through the window and exploded. We felt like the whole building shake.”

A crash team is helping to investigate, police report. The team will diagram the scene, talk to witnesses and look at surveillance video in order to figure out what happened.

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