• Surveillance images show SUV plow through New Castle convenience store


    NEW CASTLE, Pa. - The driver of an SUV that crashed into the front of a Lawrence County convenience story Wednesday night remains hospitalized.

    The SUV caught fire after crashed into the Food Mart on East Washington Street in New Castle just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    No one inside the store was injured, but the clerk who was working at the time told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that he thought he was going to die.

    “I thought I was going to die,” Sultan Alababseh said. “It was crazy. He sent everybody running.”

    The clerk said he noticed the SUV was outside the store, parked and running, for about five minutes before driving forward and crashing into the store. The crash was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.

    “Everything was gone. He came straight through, right to the counter,” manager Jen Alababseh said.

    Jen Alababseh told Marcinkiewicz that she wants to thank the community for coming forward and helping him clean up and fix the store.

    “Everybody showed up to give me wood and supplies to we could fix things. The community was great,” Alababseh said.

    The driver, whose name and condition haven’t been released, was rushed to Jameson Hospital. There’s no word if he’ll face charges.

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