- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
According to the Chief, at about 7:30pm Friday evening, officers were called to the scene of the grocery store where a vehicle had crashed through the front window. The arriving officers found a 2002 Red Cadillac which was determined to have been driven in reverse, near the front doors of the business.
Neither the driver, Ilona Rohonyi, 82, from West Caldwell, nor anyone else at the scene reported any injuries.
Both the West Essex First Squad and the West Caldwell Fire Department reported to the scene to assist. Eventually, the vehicle was removed and the building was determined to be structurally safe; ShopRite was open the next morning on schedule.
"The investigation revealed that the driver, while backing out of a parking space, mistakenly pressed on the gas instead of the brake
and crashed into the store while in reverse," Bramhall explained.
"No employees or customers were injured,"
reported Janna Smith who took the photos,
"but everyone was really shaken up.
It was really loud like a bomb went off and
pieces of glass made it all the way into the aisles.
Everyone was really lucky."