CCTV,ST. JOHN, Indiana,April 01/08: An elderly woman from south suburban Chicago Heights is fine, but more than a little bit shaken up Tuesday, after driving through a Dairy Queen. The entire thing was caught on tape.
The St. John Dairy Queen is being boarded up Tuesday night.
"I heard a horrible, horrible loud crash," said Dairy Queen owner Kevin Hitzeman. "It sounded like a bomb was going off and I jumped out of my office and ran out of here as fast as I could. I saw this carnage of glass and this car four feet into my Dairy Queen, tables and chairs and everything just messed up."
Employees were shocked. After they knew it was safe, they tried comforting each other and, thought about how much worse it could have been.
"There's about 10 to 12 guys who come in here pretty much every day, and they sit right where this lady drove through the window and they normally, a couple of them, sit with their backs to the window. They never would have seen that lady drive in her car through the glass," said employee Mary Jo Russel.
The owner says the driver came into the store and waited for the police to arrive.
"She seemed like she was doing OK," Hitzeman said. "The first thing I asked her was 'ma'am, are you alright?' Obviously her car was intact and her airbag hadn't even gone off. She looked at me and said 'yes, I'm fine, don't worry, I'm so sorry.' She was very much coherent and aware of what was going on, but she wasn't sure how the accident actually happened."
Police in St. John would not identify the woman, or say if she'll face any charges in the crash.
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