At least three people were hurt after a vehicle drove into the front of a Target department store Sunday evening in Canoga Park.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash took place just before 5:30 p.m. at the Target location in the Westfield Topanga Mall at 6800 North Owensmouth Avenue where a black BMW smashed through the service doors of the store and crashed through more than 50 feet of high quality Target products, coming to rest in the electronics department.
The German built automobile was being piloted by a 72 year old woman, who was reportedly coming down a ramp in the parking lot when she failed to negotiate a turn and crashed through the store.
A 29 year old woman likely shopping for an iPad suffered serious head trauma as a result of the accident. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she is listed in critical condition. A 56 year old man also suffered an injury to his hip, through the severity was unknown. The driver of the BMW was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.
The crash forced the closure of the department store for multiple hours as cleanup crews worked to drag the vehicle from the store and clear away the collapsed shelving and high quality electronic equipment.
The BMW suffered serious front end damage, as well as fairly major scrapes and dents on the roof and sides. The location in the store where the vehicle finally came to rest was a gnarled mess of metal shelving, papers, and cardboard needing several hours to sort through.
Police investigators were also on the scene to get a better understanding of the circumstances of the accident, and to fully uncover what may have gone wrong. There is no word on what kind of punishments the elderly woman driver will face, though the damage caused by the accident will likely warrant a substantial penalty.
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