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Man crashes through front of W.Va. Radio Shack

February 14, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Charles Rattenni was working in a Radio Shack store at the Charles Town Plaza Thursday afternoon when he saw a car approaching the front of the store.

It came closer and closer, finally smashing through a front window.

The 1991 Plymouth glided almost all the way into the store, and a customer inside jumped back to avoid the car, police said.

"I thought I was dreaming," said Rattenni, who said it sounded like a "big explosion."

It is believed the driver of the car, Grant A. Wood, 86, "blacked out" while he was looking for a parking spot in front of the store, said Lt. Robert E. Shirley of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

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Wood, of 608 Patrick Henry Way, Charles Town, had been to the Wal-Mart store in the plaza and wanted to get something at the Radio Shack store, Shirley said.

The car still was running after it smashed through the store, Shirley said.

Ambulances responded but Wood said he did not need medical help, Shirley said.

Wood was not cited as a result of the 12:35 p.m. accident, Shirley said.

Business continued at the store Thursday afternoon as workers put up plywood to cover the entrance, Rattenni said.

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