Three injured in Baston Road Dollar General car crash

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A woman crashed a car into a Columbia County store on Sat­ur­day evening, seriously injuring an employee and also sending two customers to the hospital.

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A motorist crashed a car into the Dollar General on Baston Road on Saturday night. Three women were injured.  VALERIE ROWELL/STAFF
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A motorist crashed a car into the Dollar General on Baston Road on Saturday night. Three women were injured.

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The three women injured at Dollar Gen­eral on Bas­ton Road were sent to Georgia Regents Me­­dical Center, according to Columbia County Battalion Chief Anthony Lovett.

The driver had “very minor injuries,” he said. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the driver was being questioned and that the investigation is ongoing.

“The cashier suffered the most serious injuries,” Lovett said. “The crash took out the register, and the cashier’s leg was hurt pretty badly.”

The incident was reported at 7:07 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

“I was walking back toward the store when I heard everything happen,” witness Angela Lozano said.

“The driver didn’t try to stop or anything. She barely missed a guy standing in front of the door, and then she crashed right through the glass.”

The Volkswagen Jetta directly hit the cashier’s station, Lozano said.

“The cashier was pinned underneath the car,” she said. “We thought about trying to get her out, but her leg was bleeding pretty badly, so we didn’t want to risk making it worse.”

After the crash, the driver exited the store, Lozano said.

“It looked like she was trying to leave the scene,” she said. “But people outside stopped her and made sure she stayed.”

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KSL
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KSL 03/02/14 - 08:20 am
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Throw the book at the driver.

Throw the book at the driver.

curly123053
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curly123053 03/02/14 - 08:39 am
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?

I wonder if this is a copycat of the Kroger incidents? Initially I was thinking maybe the foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal since that happens occasionally. But after reading this story it appears to be intentional. Prayers for the cashier injured in this incident.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/02/14 - 08:56 am
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Shopping can be dangerous

It seems this happens quite often now...why, I'm wondering.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/02/14 - 12:09 pm
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Don't know what happened

Don't know what happened here, but there are too many cases of "foot slipping off brake", "thought I was in reverse but was in drive", etc. If you can't react quickly enough to remedy your mistake before jumping the curb and crashing through the storefront, you don't need to be driving. COMPREHENSIVE TESTS IN SIMULATORS are needed for public safety.

Pops
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Pops 03/02/14 - 12:11 pm
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Sounds like

maybe the driver felt disrespected by someone. Bet it was on purpose.

crc
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crc 03/02/14 - 12:29 pm
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Answers?

Driver being questioned? Investigation ongoing? Why are there no answers if the driver only had minor injuries.

allhans
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allhans 03/02/14 - 02:00 pm
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Perhaps she was not looking

Perhaps she was not looking ahead but down....
If my foot slipped off the brake it would not likely go to the gas pedal. I guess it would depend on the position of the automobile pedals though.

KSL
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KSL 03/02/14 - 04:06 pm
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She did try to leave the

She did try to leave the scene, allhans. You would not have done that.

KSL
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KSL 03/02/14 - 04:11 pm
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Does not sound like a foot

Does not sound like a foot slipping off a brake pedal. Quite the opposite, but the foot did not slip off the gas pedal. She did not try to brake, according to the article.And she tried to leave the scene. Throw the book at her!

YeCats
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YeCats 03/02/14 - 04:26 pm
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and

install bollards!

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 03/02/14 - 07:05 pm
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Can't say for sure....
Unpublished

Can't say for sure, but there is a story that it was a domestic dispute between two lesbians.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/02/14 - 08:16 pm
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LOL YeCats... install

LOL YeCats... install bollards and tie that scurvy dog to the the yardarm!

LLArms
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LLArms 03/03/14 - 10:43 am
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I hope the employee sues

I hope the employee sues Dollar General for failure to install vehicle barricades in front of the doors. If you notice places like Walmart and drive through fast food have these things in front of the main doors and by the drive through window for this very reason.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/03/14 - 01:14 pm
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I read elsewhere where she

I read elsewhere where she was charged with DUI, reckless driving and open container of alcohol.

Yup, throw the book at her.

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