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2 hurt as car crashes into Roosevelt deli, police say

Nassau County police said a car crashed through

Nassau County police said a car crashed through the front facade of a deli on Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt just after noon on Monday, April 25, 2016. The driver and a patron suffered minor injuries. Credit: John Scalesi

Deli manager Miguel Medina said he heard the boom — and he ran. It was only later he saw that an out-of-control car had careened through the wall of the Roosevelt store, leaving two people, including the driver, with what Nassau County police called minor injuries.

The incident occurred at the Mam Deli Grocery on Babylon Turnpike near Seaman Court at 12:12 p.m. Monday.

Police said the cause of the crash is under investigation. The identities of the injured were not released.

Medina, 41, of Brentwood, said one of the two injured was a customer; the other, he said, was the female driver.

“Thank God only one person [was] in the store when this happen,” said Medina. “I don’t even have time to check the cameras. I hear the boom and I run.” Then, he said, “I see the car was in the side of the building ... It hit the ice cream freezer, the ATM. The brick is all over the place.”

Medina, who has worked at the deli for 14 years, said a building inspector already told him there was no structural damage, though the wall and interior will need repair. And, he said, he was thankful the injuries were minor.

“All the stuff,” he said, “we can fix it. Someone’s hurt, that’s different.”

CORRECTION: The location of the accident was incorrect in a previous version of this stor.

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