Glass flies through shoe store window when SUV crashes in
Less than 72 hours after a vehicle plowed into Schuckert Shoes in Holicong’s Buckingham Green, tossing glass everywhere, the mom-and-pop business was expected to reopen around noon on Dec. 21.
No one was hurt when the 74-year-old driver barreled into Schuckert Shoes with her Subaru SUV at around 2:45 p.m. Dec. 18.
“A lady was turning into a parking spot and she hit the gas instead of the break, came up over the hill, over a bench and smashed through the windows,” store owner Al Schuckert Sr. said.
“Fortunately, we had a customer who left maybe 10 minutes before who was sitting right there. I was taking care of him. We were lucky we had no one in the store.”
The damage was covered by insurance and Schuckert was grateful that he had business interruption insurance to cover some of the pain his wallet was expected to feel less than a week before Christmas.
“Being new, you wanted to be able to take advantage of this time,” Schuckert said. “It’s just been a very, very difficult time for us.”
Schuckert said a team of six spent two days trying to rid the shoe store of as much debris as humanly possible.
“The store has been cleaned, but everything that was in the front of the store has to be sent back because a million shards of glass encased the store,” Schuckert said on Friday afternoon. “It stuck in the walls and displays, in the shoes, in the socks, everything that was out. And it went into the floor. They cleaned the floor up, but if you walk on the floor, every now and then, a piece of glass will come through.
Obviously, we’re a shoe store. I can’t have that.
“They have to get a special piece of a heavy plastic backing that’s going to go over the floor. Once that goes down, we’re going to open.”
Schuckert said glass made it all the way to the store’s back door.
“There was glass on the floors,” he said. “That was the biggest issue, the glass, because everything else they got out of here pretty quick.”
The driver was identified as Sandra Della Croce of Tullytown, Buckingham Township Police Cpl. Robert Foltz said.
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