SUV hits Exeter sporting goods storeBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
August 11. 2017 11:04AM
EXETER — George and Phillips Sporting Goods reopened Friday, a day after an SUV crashed into a display window while a manager was closing up for the night.
“We’re very fortunate that no one was injured at all,” store owner Bert Freedman said.
About 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a 2010 Honda CR-V struck the 173 Water St. building downtown.
Police Capt. Stephan Poulin said Heather Hewitt, 47, of Exeter, was pulling into a parking space when she struck another vehicle, panicked, and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, jumping the sidewalk and hitting the building.
Hewitt was uninjured and not charged.
Freedman said the manager had just locked the door and was in an office in the middle of the store when she heard a loud bang. He said she thought something had fallen.
Freedman said the impact pushed the display window into a hallway leading to offices and businesses upstairs, including a busy yoga studio.
The building is structurally sound, Freedman said, and the businesses upstairs have a second entrance that can be used until repairs are made.
Freedman said his store, which is family owned and has been in business for 97 years, is open as are the others.
The damaged section has been boarded up. Freedman said he’s waiting for his insurance company to assess things but that it will be repaired as soon as possible