Driver Smashes Car Into Kendall Medical Equipment and Supply Store

Workers cleaned up Friday night after the crash

By Justin Finch
|  Saturday, Apr 6, 2013  |  Updated 11:41 AM EDT
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A driver crashed a Honda Accord through a Kendall store's front window Friday, leaving the business in shambles. Jose Orihule and Damara Heinrich of Hometown Medical Equipment and Supply spoke about the crash.

A driver crashed a Honda Accord through a Kendall store's front window Friday, leaving the business in shambles. Jose Orihule and Damara Heinrich of Hometown Medical Equipment and Supply spoke about the crash.

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A driver crashed a Honda Accord through a Kendall store's front window Friday, leaving the business in shambles.

Jose Orihule, vice president of Hometown Medical Equipment and Supply, never thought he would see his store in the condition it was in Friday night, as workers swept and hammered the business back together as best they could.

The business had been open for just nine months.

"This is very unusual for us, but I see it every day on the news," Orihule said.

His store made the news after the black car crashed through the window at about 6 p.m., just about an hour after closing time, when the store was vacant.

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During work hours, Damara Heinrich would sit right behind the downed wall where the sedan came to a stop. She shudders to think what would have happened if she had been there.

"I don't know where I would've ended up," Heinrich said. "I wouldn't have had any direction or anywhere to go, and being that it was a sudden impact, I probably wouldn't have known what to do."

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Immediately, Miami-Dade Police took the male driver of the sedan into custody, and appeared to check him for signs of drug or alcohol abuse. Workers told NBC 6 he wasn't even parked outside the store, but just plowed in from the parking lot.

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Once the driver's car was hauled off, Hometown workers were inside the family-owned business, not selling medical supplies, but cleaning and picking up the pieces.

"It's terrible, we've got to start all over," Orihule said.

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