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Cops: 2 hurt after SUV careens through Verizon store

The driver of this SUV crashed into a

The driver of this SUV crashed into a Verizon store on North Broadway in Jericho on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Nassau County police said. Credit: Jim Staubitser

The driver of an SUV crashed through the front window of a Verizon store on North Broadway in Jericho Wednesday afternoon, Nassau police and a spokesman for the company said.

Police said they received a call about the crash at 12:06 p.m. Two people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries — but their identities, the circumstances surrounding the crash and how many people were in the vehicle was not immediately known, according to police.

Verizon spokesman David Weissmann said no customers or employees were hurt.

“The car went through the window and we were open at the time, but all of the customers and employees got out safely,” Weissmann said. “It looks like the car got deep inside the store.”

A photograph from the scene shows the SUV entirely inside the building, with police and fire personnel examining the scene.

Weissmann said he did not know how many people were in the store when the accident happened or whether anyone inside the vehicle was injured.

After the crash the store closed the rest of the day, Weissmann said. He said the extent of the damage to the building would be assessed to determine when the store might reopen.

Jeff Seiver, 57, of Syosset, said his wife was involved in the crash.

“I was called down to the scene by someone in one of the stores across the street from Verizon by someone using my wife’s phone,” Seiver said in a telephone interview Wednesday night. Seiver said witnesses to the accident told him what happened.

“My wife had been having brake problems and was traveling southbound behind the SUV on North Broadway when she rear-ended the SUV and the SUV crossed northbound traffic and hopped a curb and went through the storefront,” Seiver said.

Seiver said his wife’s car then “spun out.”

“She went airborne through a construction fence across the street from Verizon and then landed in the lot of the construction site,” Seiver said.


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