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Woman drives her truck into local store
Mill Creek Store extensively damaged, but no one injured
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An officer and store employees look at the damaged wall of the Mill Creek Store on Lester Road. A woman drove into the store Saturday, causing extensive damage. No one was injured. The driver was trying to park when she apparently pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake, according to a local official. - photo by JAKE HALLMAN/Staff

    A woman plowed into a convenience store Saturday, destroying the storefront as well as a large amount of inventory. But fortunately, no one – including the infant she had in the vehicle – was injured.
    Hayley R. Wynn, 20, Roberts Street, Sylvania, was pulling into the parking lot at Mill Creek Store on Lester Road around 6:37 p.m. Saturday when she apparently “attempted to park but pressed the gas by  mistake,” said Statesboro Police Advance Patrol Officer Marcus Hartwell. “Her vehicle ended up colliding into the store and coming to a final rest completely in the interior of the store, causing intensive damage to the infrastructure of the store.”
    “She just came right through,” said Julie Patel, the clerk working in the store when the crash occurred. “I don’t know if she was on the phone or what, but she had her baby on the front seat.”
    After the crash, Patel said Wynn appeared stunned and could only say “Oh, my God…”
    Wynn was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
    Patel said she was just as stunned. “I was like, wow, I was just shocked,” she said. “The whole SUV was inside the store.”
    Wynn was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer, which Hartwell said suffered only slight damage.
    While the store is open for business, it’s limited in what it can offer, since a large amount of inventory was ruined, Patel said. “It’s going to take a while to get everything like it was.”
    Reports did not list any charges filed.

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