Man crashes car through jewelry store in N.S.
Published Friday, February 22, 2013 1:30PM AST
Last Updated Friday, February 22, 2013 7:23PM AST
No one was injured when a car crashed through a storefront window in Lower Sackville, N.S. around noon Friday.
The owner of National Jewellery, located at 601 Sackville Drive, says there were no customers in the store at the time and the four employees on shift were working at the back, metres away from the crash scene.
“There was some showcases that were damaged and a lot of glass. It was scary,” says employee Cathy Chapman.
An elderly gentleman was driving the car when it crashed through the front of the store. His wife was in the passenger seat.
"We were in the shop here and we heard this great big 'crash,'" says storeowner Gerald Nash. "We all went outside to take a look and some gentleman had come right over the curb and drove into our location."
Nash told CTV News the man had just bought new shoes that are a bit wider than his old ones, and that he accidentally touched the gas pedal while trying to push down on the brake.
"His foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas, he thought he hit the brake, and gunned it right through the store."
Nash says it was simply a ‘freak accident’ and is happy no one was hurt.
"We're very, very fortunate, very, very lucky that no one was standing in that area,” says Nash.
He also says it could have been much worse, as a customer had been in the front showroom just five minutes before the crash.
“I care about the people who come into my store, so I'm very fortunate that they didn't get hurt.”
Halifax District RCMP Const. Tammy Lobb says no charges will be laid.
Nash says he can’t put a number on the damage yet. The family business will be shut down for the weekend. They hope to reopen Monday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Felicia Yap