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Woman crashes through front of Hallmark store

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Germantown police say the driver was trying to pull into a parking space when she mistakenly pressed the gas instead of the brake. Germantown police say the driver was trying to pull into a parking space when she mistakenly pressed the gas instead of the brake.
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Week of Easter is typically busy for a gift shop. Luckily Debbie's Hallmark in Germantown was not anymore crowded Monday morning. Otherwise everyone might not have made it out alive.

When a car plowed through the front door on Monday, Jennifer Young was standing at the counter paying for Easter cards.

"All of a sudden we heard this loud crash," said Young. "We saw this woman coming through the window, and it was in slow motion, and then we thought she stopped, and the car kept coming."

Young dodged getting hit by about a foot. Debbie Whitten owns the store.

"Today [Monday] is my birthday. So a great birthday, I guess," noted Whitten. "I'm just relieved everyone is okay."

Her birthday wish came true: Nobody got hurt.

Whitten says most kids typically hover around her store's candy stand, which was directly in the path of oncoming traffic Monday morning.

Young's daughter, Rose was also in the store at the time. But Rose wasn't in the front of the store. Thankfully, the 3-year-old was in the back, playing with the train set.

"I wasn't shaky until after it all happened, and then I just took a deep breath, and I was just worried about what could have been," notes the mom. "And I was just thankful that Debbie had the train table in the back of the store and that Rose was back there playing, because it was just something that happened in a matter of moments, you know, so you just don't know."

Germantown police say the driver was trying to pull into a parking space when she mistakenly pressed the gas instead of the brake.

She is 86 years old and witnesses say she described her medical conditions to paramedics.

Young says it is not her call whether the driver should have been behind the wheel.

"It's a personal choice. It's a family choice. It's something that's family has to consider, but I wouldn't make those choices for anyone else that's not in my family," said Young.

Jennifer Young's family still intact, and for that, she can laugh with relief.

Because this accident happened on private property, Germantown police say the driver was not cited.

For more information on senior drivers, you can read TDOT's handbook "Decisions for Tennessee's Senior Drivers" here: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/incident/TGHS-27138%20Senior%20Book%205.pdf

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