Car slams into a store in Connecticut and it's caught on camera

A cashier at a local store in Connecticut was tossed after a car slammed into it (CNN Newsource)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A clerk in Clinton, Connecticut is recovering after a car smashed into his store last week.

At one angle of the video, you can see the dark blue Ford Explorer backing away from the store and then it starts coming forward and suddenly seems to accelerate smashing right through the front door sending shelves flying.

The clerk, Niran Patel, 33, was sent flying as well.

From another angle, you can see the impact as Patel is tossed among the debris. Officials say he has no broken bones, but lots of aches, pains, cuts, and bruises.

Clinton firefighters are happy and a bit surprised at how he's doing. "Absolutely we're ecstatic that he's doing fine. We always want to see the best outcome possible. That's why we're doing what we do," said Deputy Chief, Mike Neff.

Firefighters went above and beyond their initial emergency response that day. "A few of us live up the street so we kind of know the owner of the business so we just to help out see what we could help him with. So we wound up helping board up the business and take some of their personal belongings out," said Neff.

A third angle of the video shows the SUV outside and as it comes forward police believe it tried to avoid the van and instead of hitting the brake, Christopher Caterino, 64, of New York apparently hit the gas instead.

He was charged with reckless driving.

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