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Police ID 77-Year-Old Driver, Injured Pedestrians In Dunkin Donuts Car Crash

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP/WJZ) — Three people are injured after a car crashed into a Dunkin Donuts store in Ellicott City.

Howard County fire department officials were called to the scene Monday evening after the SUV crashed into the front and side walls of the restaurant.

Rescuers say two of the victims were walking in front of the Dunkin Donuts when they were struck by the car and pushed through the glass and into the store.

The pedestrians, Surya Nimmala, 36, and Siva Datti, 44, both of Ellicott City, were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Nimmala is currently listed in critical condition. Datti was released Tuesday morning.

The driver of the SUV, Patricia Elizabeth Voelkel, 77, of Ellicott City, and two adult passengers in the vehicle, were treated at the scene but refused to be taken to the hospital.

It was not immediately clear what caused Voelkel to crash into the building.

The shopping center building was deemed unsafe for customers after the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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