Shattering window display

WHEN people talk about things being in shop windows, they are usually referring to an item on display on the other side of the glass.

However for a number of startled shoppers in Sale the expression became literal as a black Isuzu D-Max utility ploughed through the window of Lighthouse & Co in Desailly St just after noon on Thursday, showering the pavement with glass.

It came as a cruel blow to store owners who only set up shop six months ago.

While no one was injured in the incident store owner Sonja Stephenson admitted it was a close call.

Still rattled by the ordeal, she said she was standing on the pavement in front of the shop when the car mounted the curb and seemed to head straight for her.

She said she, like her staff and other bystanders, was lucky not to get hurt.

She even spared a thought for the female driver, who was assisted out of the vehicle by ambulance staff and treated for shock at the scene.

According to police from the Wellington Highway Patrol who attended the incident, the driver, a 57-year-old Tinamba woman, was attempting to straighten the car while angle parking when she reversed into traffic without looking.

She backed into another car at 50km/h, the collision catapulting her vehicle forward, up onto the curb, through the shop front window and into the store where it came to a stop. The woman has since been charged with reversing while unsafe to do so.

According to Ms Stephenson the damage bill will exceed $15,000, with the cost of replacing the totally destroyed shop front expected to cost more than that alone.

She said she was still assessing the full extent of the damage with staff currently stocktaking to determine the cost for insurers.

While Ms Stephenson said getting the business back up and running it depended on how quickly the shop front could be replaced.

It has since been confirmed the business will reopen on Thursday, for the time being all phone calls to the store will be diverted to Ms Stephenson’s mobile.

More than anything Ms Stephenson wanted to apologise to her customers for any inconvenience the incident may cause.