Van crashes through jewelry store in Athens - KMSP-TV

Van crashes through jewelry store in Athens

Posted: Updated:

Security cameras were rolling as a minivan crashed through a jewelry store in Athens. The incident occurred last Thursday at Chandlee Jewels on Epps Bridge Parkway.

Bryan Chandlee-Exum said that she was behind the counter working on a piece of jewelry when she looked up and saw the vehicle smash into the store.

"I look up and there's a white hood coming through the glass. And I thought, 'What the hell?' And I kept screaming, ‘Oh my God, stop, stop,'" said Chandlee-Exum. "She just kept coming and coming and coming and I thought, ‘Dear God, when is she going to stop?"

The 63-year old driver reportedly told authorities that something rolled underneath her brake pedal keeping her from pushing it down.

A customer inside the store was hurt when the van threw her from the chair she was sitting in. That customer needed a dozen staples to close a cut on her head, but she is expected to be OK.

The store owner can't believe that the injuries weren't any worse.

"Three minutes before, three minutes after, anywhere from two to 12 people could have been hurt. We could be attending funerals," said Chandlee-Exum. "As corny, in a way, as it sounds, it truly was a Christmas miracle."

The driver was mortified, apologetic and angry at herself for driving in to the store, the owner said.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Tyrone Police search for missing 13-year-old girl

    Tyrone Police search for missing 13-year-old girl

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:51:45 GMT
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl.
    Police in one South Metro city are searching for a missing 13-year-old girl.
  • Man shot dead outside South DeKalb Mall

    Man shot dead outside South DeKalb Mall

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:39:41 GMT
    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting outside South DeKalb Mall on Wednesday evening.
    A man has been charged with murder after a shooting outside South DeKalb Mall on Wednesday evening.
  • Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Authorities investigate threat at Paulding Co. High

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:32:55 GMT
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
    Paulding County authorities are investigating a threat that came into Paulding County High School on Thursday morning.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices