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No injuries when car slams into Goodwill

“Luckily no one was injured,” said Goodwill Store Manager Amanda Crosby Tuesday afternoon after a car crashed through the store window and came to a stop near the women’s shoe department inside the building.

Police and other emergency personnel were called at 12:34 p.m. for a report of a car hitting the Goodwill Store building at 4125 Halifax Road.

According to the report filed by South Boston Police Officer B. D. Barksdale, 87-year-old Polly Ratcliff of South Boston was pulling her 2005 Hyundai Elantra into a parking space and mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal, causing the car to crash through the front glass windows of the store.  

“The car went through the glass window and damaged nine clothing racks,” Crosby said. “Also, the shoe aisle wall was pushed in.” 
As it crashed through the front window, Crosby said one of her cashiers was talking to some customers. “She heard the commotion and started running to that side of the store to make sure the customers got out of the way of the flying glass,” the store manager said.

Crosby said the store was closed to the public following the crash, and they would have to discard some of the clothing because it was covered in glass. “We don’t think it’s safe to put it back on the sales floor,” she explained.

Officer Barksdale estimated damages at $1,000 to the Hyundai and approximately $25,000 to the store building. He charged Ratcliff with driver inattention.