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10:27 PM, Jul 28, 2011   |    comments
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It's the third time in 24 hours a car has crashed into a building in the metro area.

This latest crash happened at the 7-Eleven store on East Quincy Avenue just off of Parker Road after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Aurora Police say no one was injured when a 17-year-old driver stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake as she was pulling into the 7-Eleven. She had three friends in the car.

"She kept screaming and yelling," store clerk Sammy Alnajar said. "She's like, 'I'm sorry I'm sorry. The brakes weren't working.'"

Police say there was no problem with the brakes and the teenager will be cited for careless driving.

"I think it's just driver inexperience," Aurora Police Sgt. Jad Lanigan said. "It's remarkable [nobody was hurt]. Just minutes before that, the store was packed with people."

The surveillance video shows Alnajar behind the counter and another man setting down a Slurpee when the car crashes into the counter, pushing the counter and register several feet into the store. An outside camera shows the car never appeared to stop or even slow down.

"It was scary," Alnajar said. "The store was shaking and my whole body was shaking. I was terrified."

This is the latest in a series of crashes involving cars smashing into buildings in the metro area.

A car crashed into a Circle K at 128th and Washington Street in Thornton on Thursday morning and a car crashed into another 7-Eleven store at 84th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Westminster on Wednesday night.

"Just pay attention to how you're driving," Lanigan said.

The owner of the 7-Eleven, Mohammed Almajar of Colorado Springs, said he did not know the cost of the damage but he expected insurance to cover it. He also expected to reopen the store by midnight, just seven hours after the crash.

Sammy Almajar is returning to school soon after spending the summer working at his father's store.

"Well, today was my last day anyway," he said. "So I kind of went out with a bang."

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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