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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Witnesses say a driver of red Toyota Corolla who backed her car in to a marketplace panicked and then raced cross busy Northeast 6th Avenue, causing an accident involving two other cars and nearly driving her car into an apartment.
A witness named Desruisseau, who did not want to show all of his face or give his last name, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “I saw the car trying to park and then she thought she hit the brake but instead she did not and drove straight inside.”
Desruisseau said he thought the driver was disoriented when she drove in to the Giant Market Place at N.E. 6th Ave. and N.E. 150th St. on Thursday morning.
“After she broke the window, she panicked and then she tried to leave,” he said. “I was shocked. I think she freaked out and she wanted to leave.”
Desruisseau said he thought the driver was a regular customer at the store.
Store Manager Jose Pujols told D’Oench he was inside the store when the car backed inside of it, striking a 29-year-old female employee who was transported to Aventura Hospital & Medical Center with injuries to her side and head.
“I heard a boom, a big sound,” said Pujols. “The woman thought she was putting on the brakes but she sent right inside. I think she did it by mistake.”
Pujols said his store does have surveillance cameras and he believed he would be able to release that tape soon to the media. Police may also want to look at it.
Miami-Dade Police Sgt. John Barrow said so far the driver has not been identified. It’s not clear if she will be cited or charged.
Barrow said two other vehicles got into an accident on N.E. 6th Ave. when one of them tried to avoid the Toyota and rear ended another vehicle. One of those vehicles, a black Cadillac, had significant front-end damage. A white Jeep Cherokee was also damaged.
The driver of that vehicle did not want to say anything.
Authorities did question another woman on the scene who may have been the driver of the red Toyota.
Her car also plowed into a wall outside the apartment of Karen Chong and nearly entered her apartment.
Chong looked at the damage and said, “I can hardly say a word. I am in shock to see this. I could be dead. I could have been killed if I was in my apartment.”
Her friend and neighbor Thelia Brooks said, “I just can’t explain this. I was just shocked too.”
That sentiment was shared by neighbors.
Neighbor Bobby Nelson said, “I thought it was a gunshot. I went outside that is when I saw the car.”