Car crashes into Sam's Club in Gaithersburg
GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - A 76-year-old man lost his leg Tuesday after he and others were hit by a car that slammed into a Gaithersburg Sam's Club, officials say.
The crash happened just before 1 p.m. at the Sam's Club at 610 N. Frederick Ave., Montgomery County Fire officials say.
Montgomery County authorities say that a 77-year-old man named Subinoy Mazumdar was driving through the parking lot and hit a 31-year-old woman by the name of Sheila R. Orellana. Then he accelerated into the side of the store. She suffered minor injuries, while two young children she had with her at the time of the collision were not hurt.
Once the car went into the Sam's Club, though, it hit and seriously injured 76-year-old Dimas M. Chavez, whose leg had to be amputated. He was airlifted to a Baltimore shock trauma center for further treatment.
Another victim inside the store, 33-year-old Thuan Bui, was hit and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment as well.
The driver of the car was not injured. Police say Mazumdar was cooperating, but they still don't know what happened. An initial evaluation didn’t show any the driver suffered from any medical issue at the time of the crash.
Shawndell Frazier couldn't believe her eyes. She and her mother were parking in front of Sam's Club when the car shot past her.
“He accelerated, and he goes straight. And he hits a woman who at the time literally just got her children out of the way, she had two children,” Frazier says.
Frazier said she ran inside and saw the dazed driver, his car still in gear.
“Literally a man opened his door and had to reach in and had to put his car in park. Because he hadn't even put his car in park,” Frazier says.
Crews are working Tuesday night to repair the damage where the car tore through the store -- you can still see the tire tracks.
Victim Bui says the car didn't stop until it crashed into a giant Gatorade display.
Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 240-773-6620.