New teen driver crashes truck through Nazareth Thrift Store, no injuries

  • Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:05 p.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:31 a.m.
A new teen driver crashed her father’s truck through the front of the Nazareth Outlet Store in the 52 East retail center Friday afternoon. No one was injured.
A new teen driver crashed her father’s truck through the front of the Nazareth Outlet Store in the 52 East retail center Friday afternoon. No one was injured.

A Salisbury teen who recently got her driver’s license got a lesson and a scare Friday afternoon when she accidentally drove her father’s truck through the front window of the Nazareth Thrift Store.

Brittany Nicole Clark, 18, was parking the Dodge pickup in front of the store at 1800 E. Innes St. when she hit the gas instead of the brake, said Salisbury Police Officer M.P. Benjamin.

Clark panicked and kept hitting the gas, thinking she was hitting the brake, he said.

The pickup crashed through the front window, just to the right of the front door. The truck hit a shelving unit in the front of the store, sending glass and bricks flying.

Some customers were in the store around 2:20 p.m., but no one was injured.

The store is located in the 52 East retail center, across from the Rowan County Health Department.

Clark was not injured, just rattled. The teen has had her license for less than a month. She was not charged. The truck and building were insured, Benjamin said.

The Salisbury Fire Department checked the entrance to ensure the building was safe before the truck was removed. Clark’s father, James, moved the truck once given the all clear from firefighters.

James Clark said he ran from the family’s home on U.S. 52, several blocks down the road, after his daughter called him hysterical. The truck is his only vehicle, but he was worried she’d been hurt.

“She’s pretty shaken,” Clark said.

He said it’s one of those things that can happen to young drivers. Clark said he was glad his daughter was fine. He was able to drive the truck from the parking lot.

Gloria Black, a store employee, said she was in the back when she heard the crash and breaking glass. She ran to see what happened and saw the truck inside the store.

A store clerk who did not provide her name said she was standing at the register when the pickup came through the window. She said she was worried because she initially thought a customer had been standing there. She looked underneath the truck to make sure. No one was in the area.

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