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Teen learning to drive crashes car into Litchfield store

LITCHFIELD - Police say it is incredible that no one was injured when a young driver made a costly mistake and accidentally crashed his vehicle into a local convenience store.

According to Cpl. Heath Savage, a 15½-year-old Litchfield boy was driving a 2004 Pontiac Aztek when he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The error, according to police, caused the vehicle to strike the front entrance of the Pantry Pride Convenience Mart around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The teen was learning to drive with his mother, police said. In New Hampshire, young people can drive with an adult, legal guardian when they are 15½.

The passenger and the driver, whose name is not being released because of his age, were not injured. Authorities said it is fortunate store patrons were not entering or exiting the store at the time of the crash.

The store was open at the time, but only the owners were inside," Savage said.

The Pantry Pride Convenience Mart is located within the Pantry Pride Plaza at 469 Charles Bancroft Highway in the area of Mel's Funway Park. Both glass front doors were smashed, along with a portion of the building's brick entryway.

The fire department was called to assess the structural integrity of the building, according to police.

"Obviously, the building is closed until it can be repaired," said Savage, who could not predict how long the renovations might last.

"I don't anticipate any charges," said Savage, noting the case is still under investigation.


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