Crystal Charlie wasn’t expecting an early end to her graveyard shift at a Vernon 7-Eleven Wednesday.
Dealing with a customer in the 27th Street branch just after 6 a.m., Charlie was stunned to hear a car come crashing through the store’s front door and window.
“It was right at the till and I was pretty much busy with the customer when all of a sudden the car comes through the door,” said Charlie, who has worked at the store for more than a year. “I never saw it coming. It was right beside me. The customer and I just jumped out of the way.”
Charlie and the customer were not hurt by the vehicle, though Charlie admitted the incident shook her up.
The car’s driver, a 63-year-old Vernon woman, was also uninjured. She told police she hit the brake.
Police, however, are investigating whether she may have hit the gas pedal by mistake.
“The car went across the parking lot, over a bumper in front of the sidewalk, over the sidewalk and into the building,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “There is a possibility the driver could be facing a charge under the Motor Vehicle Act.”
The store was closed for only a few hours as maintenance crews cleaned up the damage. The store reopened before noon Wednesday.
The incident was the second of its type in the North Okanagan in less than a week.
An 83-year-old man drove his truck into Armstrong Computer Service shortly after noon on Feb. 6. An employee and three customers were inside the shop but nobody was injured.