‘Total shock’: Witnesses describe moments car plowed through suburban grocery store


A car drove into a suburban grocery store Tuesday afternoon, closing it for the rest of the evening.

Crest Hill police responded to Food 4 Less, located at 1701 N. Larkin Ave., for a call of a vehicle crashing into the building.

The accident was caused by a vehicle and the driver was a man in his 60s. Witnesses told Chicago Popular that the driver rushed through the exit doors, crashed through the self-checkout area and stopped in a frozen food aisle.

The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a hospital in the area. A pedestrian in his fifties, who was inside Food 4 Less, was hit and suffered minor injuries. He too was taken to a nearby hospital.


Victor Martinez, who was about a minute from the checkout and the scene of the crash, said the store was full at the time, and he’s stunned there were no other injuries.

“Just like this loud bang and all of a sudden, I see a car driving down the aisle,” Martinez said. “At first I was just in total shock.”

He tells FOX 32 that Chicago shoppers quickly turned their attention to the injured customer and the car’s driver.

“He looked a little dazed and confused,” Martinez said of the driver. “I don’t know if it was from the impact of the crash.”

The driver is cooperating with the investigation and has consented to a blood draw.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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