Toddler lucky to be alive
Couple saw it happen next door, too.
Driver, 64, just misses hitting 3yo girl in store.
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Chaos erupted inside an Anderson Towne Center Weight Watchers Tuesday when car plowed into the store’s front.
ANDERSON TWP., Ohio -- A driver lost control of their car and drove into a Weight Watchers store located in the Anderson Towne Center.
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Chaos erupted inside an Anderson Towne Center Weight Watchers Tuesday when a car plowed into the store’s front.
Multiple people, including a 2-year-old, stood inside the 7466 Beechmont Avenue location shortly after noon when a 2012 Ford Fusion driven by Minnie Gantzer, 64, went through glass windows and a door.
Gantzer was attempting to park in a space in front of Weight Watchers when she stepped down on the car's accelerator instead of its brake, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.
Gantzer and a customer in the store, Nancy Futrell, 65, were taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after the crash.
At first, Futrell said she thought the crash killed her 2-year-old granddaughter. She was visiting the store to weigh in.
"I've never been so scared in my life. To think I lost my granddaughter, but she's okay," Futrell told WCPO reporter Amy Wadas."I screamed my granddaughter's name and ran up front because I thought -- a car goes through the window, my granddaughter's standing there, we're out of luck."
Futrell didn't immediately realize she was hurt.
"I don't remember getting hit. I think it was more debris when I was running after my granddaughter," she said. "I handed her to her brother, and then I went back in and my nose was bleeding at that time."
She feels lucky to have suffered only some bruising.
"I'm feeling very grateful to be alive," Futrell said. "It's amazing to me how life can change in a fraction of a second. You know you're standing there laughing, having a good old time and a car could ruin your life."
An hour before, Weight Watchers management said they were hosting a meeting with about 40 customers.
Weight Watchers management said the store would remain closed through Wednesday so they could clean up the crash.
Drugs or alcohol were not believe to be a factor in the crash. Gantzer was cited with failure to maintain reasonable control.