Car crashes into Dollar Tree

June 21, 2014


Kylie Horton, a 13-year-old student at Granbury Middle School, said she felt like she was “on the edge of death” when she saw a car narrowly miss her and two other girls as it crashed through the plate-glass window Thursday and plowed halfway down Aisle 9 before stopping.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” Horton said of the incident that heavily damaged part of the Dollar Tree store on Highway 377 just east of Walmart.

“I felt glass hit my feet and one piece hit my leg. I’ve never been this scared, ever.”

The girls were walking on the sidewalk in front of the store. No one was injured.

The driver of the 2006 Toyota Solara, 61-year-old Beverly Elkins, said this was the second time the Solara had damaged a building. She stated that a little over a year ago, the Toyota’s front end was “messed up” when it lurched forward on its own, hitting a convenience store on Weatherford Highway.

“I was about to come to a stop, and it just took off,” Elkins said of Thursday’s incident, which appeared to cause relatively minor damage to the car. “It was very scary. This second time makes me know it was the car’s fault,”

Granbury Police Department Lieutenant Cliff Andrews said that the crash was likely driver inattention or possibly a vehicle malfunction.

The store manager said that shortly before the incident one of her employees had been in the aisle where the car came to rest just before 6 p.m.

Karen Armendariz, also a 13-year-old GMS student, was walking alongside Horton six to eight feet from where the car jumped the curb.

“Then the glass just shattered,” Armendariz said. “I was super scared. I’ve never experienced anything like that.”

The two were babysitting 9-year-old Gracie McDowell, a Brawner Intermediate School student. They had walked from a home in the nearby gated community of StoneGate to do some shopping.

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