Car Crashes Into Two Germantown Businesses
(Germantown, TN) A driver pummeled through two Germantown businesses Wednesday afternoon, sending three women to the hospital with minor injuries.
The driver, in his seventies, had his foot on the wrong pedal, according to police.
He crashed through The Cleaners and Special Nails near Farmington and Exeter roads.
Wednesday night, the owner of Special Nails told News Channel 3 two of the women were released from the hospital, but one of them, an employee of the salon, was still being treated for a broken leg.
She had been pinned to a wall with a table pushed up against her, according to Ben Dang, the owner of the nail salon.
The Germantown Fire Chief, John Selberg, said crews had to help rescue her.
Dang’s wife, Lan Dang, said she was sitting at the front of the store with a customer when the crash happened at around 3:00pm.
“Looking at a book, you know? I hear boom! I see the car behind me,” she said.
The silver Honda missed her by inches.
“I was very scared, very nervous,” she said. “Don’t know what happened.”
The driver did not want to speak on camera, but said he had his foot on the wrong pedal.
The manager of The Cleaners, Greg Moore, said the elderly man is a familiar face.
“There was some personal feelings there. He’s a longtime customer, so I was worried,” Moore said.
Moore was standing inside away from the entrance when the car came through.
“It was a very frightening experience. You don’t see anything like that every day, so to see someone crash through your sot, and go through the neighboring business is a pretty harrowing experience,” he said.
Had the car gone two feet farther, it would have crashed into a third business space: the Shelby County Clerk’s office.
The businesses had to be secured and closed until insurance companies looked at the damage.
Shop owners estimated they could be back open in a couple of weeks.
On Wednesday night, Germantown police said that the driver could be charged pending the outcome of the investigation.