car thru store windows finalPankaj Jain, manager of the Chevron Food Mart on Canton Highway and Sawnee Drive in Cumming, talks about the vehicle that ran through the front of his store on Monday.
The manager of a convenience store in Cumming got an unexpected surprise Monday afternoon when a car smashed through the front of the building.
Pankaj Jain said he was helping a customer inside the Chevron Food Mart on Canton Highway and Sawnee Drive when a white Toyota Camry plowed through the front door and window, scattering glass throughout the store.
“I heard a big boom noise and I see a big car in my store,” he said. “And the door was broken. Everything was broken.”
The driver, 80-year-old Lillian Jones of Cumming, was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth for treatment. Her condition could not be determined Monday night.
Jain said Jones is a daily customer and usually parks her car in the handicapped space in front of the store.
“I never saw her coming,” he said. “All I heard was a big noise.”
He said the customer he was helping suffered a few scrapes.
Cumming police and the Forsyth County Fire Department were called to the scene.
Officer Derrick Woodson said the incident occurred after Jones accelerated instead of hitting the brakes when she put the car in gear.
Woodson said Jones veered left to avoid hitting Jain inside.
The store shares a building with Elegance Cleaners and Papa John’s Pizza.
Employees of both businesses came out to see what had happened.
“I didn’t see it,” Papa John’s employee Anthony Day said. “We were making pizzas and then the whole building shook.”