Video shows SUV slamming through Clinton convenience store - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Video shows SUV slamming through Clinton convenience store

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(Clinton police photo) (Clinton police photo)
CLINTON, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Clinton released startling video of an SUV crashing through the front of a convenience store.

They said it happened at the Shell gas station at the intersection of East Main Street and Beach Park Road on Sept. 1.

The video shows two angles of the car slamming through the store. One angle shows the clerk, Neal Patel, becoming pinned by debris.

The gas station is still closed down for renovation but the store owner said they hope to reopen next week.

The crash caused serious but non-life-threatening injuries to Patel, who was behind a counter.

Patel was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

No injuries were reported for the driver.

Police said the driver inadvertently stepped on the gas pedal.

"We believe he accidentally stepped on the accelerator verses the brake pedal and came inches from taking that man's life," said Clinton Police Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn.

They said the driver, identified as 64-year-old Christopher Caterino of Greenfield, NY was cited for reckless driving.

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