Student driver plows car into Henrietta auto parts store

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Henrietta fire fighters Billy Carlton, Michael Koetter and Harvey Gemar look at a vehicle that driven into the Henrietta Parts Plus Saturday night.

Henrietta fire fighters Billy Carlton, Michael Koetter and Harvey Gemar look at a vehicle that driven into the Henrietta Parts Plus Saturday night.

A student driver and a passenger escaped injury Saturday night when the girl’s car crashed through the front of the Henrietta Parts Plus.

The juvenile was learning to drive, and receiving instruction from her grandfather, Frank Potter of Henrietta. As she pulled up to the storefront, the driver stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal, sending the vehicle into the storefront, according to a deputy on scene.

The business shares a building with the Henrietta Quick Stop convenience store in the 1000 block of East Omega Street.

The accident happened at about 7:45 p.m., and the auto parts store had already closed for the night.

She was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Impala. The front hood, fenders and driver’s side doors were dented badly, but the car is drivable. The store and much of its merchandise were heavily damaged.

Clay County deputies and the Henrietta Volunteer Fire Department cordoned the area immediately in front of the building as fumes from paint thinner and other flammable liquids permeated the air. The car was removed without incident.

Workers boarded up the business Saturday night, and the store is closed Sundays, giving employees a chance to clear damaged areas inside.

5-20-13 from Clay County Pioneer Sentinel on Vimeo.

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