Car crashes into store in Waterbury - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Car crashes into store in Waterbury

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A car crashed into a building in Waterbury on Wednesday afternoon, causing major damage to the store.

The driver of a red, 2003 Infinity, who was later identified as 27-year-old Devon Rudaitis of Waterbury, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into National Tax Services and Check Cashing near the intersection of East Main and Cherry streets around 12 p.m.

"Doesn't look like his car malfunctioned, no swerve and there was no one in the road," said witness Dwyane Zimbielia of Waterbury.

Seven people including a 4-year-old child were inside the store at the time of the crash. They were trapped for a brief period of time, because of the way the car hit the vehicle, police said.

"We had Outforce open the door, reach through a wall on the side of the unit," said Waterbury Fire Battalion Chief Joe Valaitis. "They were in, and extricate them through that opening."

None of them were seriously injured in the crash.

Rudaitis suffered non-life-threatening leg injuries, and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital.

The building sustained heavy damage, according to police. It is being inspected by city officials.

"Craziness, he had to be going fast," said Zimbielia, who was cashing a check before the holiday weekend.

The store owner told Eyewitness News that the store has been hit a few years ago.

Witnesses said people often hang out in front of the store, but no one was there Wednesday.

"People are usually right at the door, so thank God no customers were hurt," said witness Michael Robinson.

The cause of crash remains under investigation. Police did not say if Rudaitis was speeding.

Rudaitis is expected to be charged by police.

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