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Person hit suffers non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by car inside AT&T store

The AT&T store at 638 Camino de Los Mares was left damaged, and one person was struck, by a car that was driven through the front of the store Thursday afternoon. Photo: Eric Heinz
The AT&T store at 638 Camino de Los Mares was left damaged, and one person was struck, by a car that was driven through the front of the store Thursday afternoon. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Eric Heinz

Tire marks, broken glass everywhere and a pool of blood were left inside the AT&T store located at 638 Camino de Estrella in San Clemente after a 76-year-old woman drove into the store and struck one person at about 2:50 p.m. on Thursday.

The person hit suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Kurtz said it appeared the woman was in a parking spot and may have hit her accelerator forward, causing the car to crash through the front of the store. The person hit was standing at the counter when she was struck but was pushed all the way to the back of the store by the car. The victim was taken to Mission Hospital to be examined for any traumatic injuries.

Krutz said the structural integrity to the strip mall store was not compromised, despite the car crashing into the back of it.

A name of the woman who drove through the store has not yet been released. It has not yet been officially determined by Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials what caused the woman to drive through the store. Sheriff’s deputies have not arrested the woman on any charges.

Editor’s note: This is a developing story. More details will be provided when they become available.

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