Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Woman injured after Mercedes plows into Queens Kosher store
An elderly motorist plowed her Mercedes Benz into a Queens Kosher grocery today, mowing down a customer and giving everyone else in the store the scare of their lives.
"It was like a gust of air went past my face," said Barbara Vanagas, a cashier at Mazur’s Kosher Market, on Horace Harding Boulevard in Little Neck.
"We heard a crash and I turned around," Vanagas said. "She [the motorist] missed me by a foot — near death."
Vanagas watched in horror as the out-of-control Mercedes Benz E350 knocked down a 54-year-old woman at her register around 3:45 p.m.
"Glass shattered all over the place, and I heard someone scream," Vanagas said. "I was in shock as soon as it happened. It came out of nowhere. It almost killed me."
The woman at Vanagas’ register ended up pinned beneath the car. When fire trucks arrived, her husband "screamed for the firefighters to help his wife," said another witness.
The woman was taken North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries to her head and legs, police said.
The driver of the Mercedes, said to be in her 80s, was also taken to North Shore for observation, said police. She was not expected to be charged