Car smashes Waiheke shop front

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 15:19 21/01/2013

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Several people had a narrow escape when a car ploughed into the front of the Four Square at Oneroa on Waiheke Island today. 

Eyewitness Helen Elscot said she heard a car engine revving loudly, "and then I saw it jump the curb", outside the store on Ocean View Rd.

She said the front wheels went up in the air and came to rest wedged on a wooden ledge where the Four Square trolleys were stored. 

"That's what prevented her from going right through the front of the shop," she said.

Elscot said the car scattered a family of tourists who were entering the store. 

"It looked like a little boy was clipped and the mother fell over. It looked like they were only slight injuries - an ambulance was called.

"The driver seemed to be in shock and couldn't get out of the car."

Waiheke Island Senior Sergeant Peter Knight said it was not clear what the woman was trying to do when she crashed into the shop, as police were yet to fully interview her.

He said the 69-year-old "glanced" another vehicle before hitting the shop about 2pm.

No one was injured.

"Lots of people were around but luckily no one was hurt."

Her vehicle had since been pushed away from the shop, Knight said. 

He said police were still considering what to charge the woman with.

The woman was from Auckland but had a holiday home on the island.

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