Thank heaven: No injuries after SUV plows into 7-Eleven
An early morning stop to buy a sweet treat for her three-year-old turned into a terrifying experience for county resident Ande Schneider, who was standing by the Slurpee machine at the 7-Eleven on U.S. 29 North near Proffit Road when an SUV plowed into the store just after 9am on Tuesday, September 3.
"I thought it was an explosion," says Schneider. "He knocked over three or four aisles, demolished them. There were two-liter sodas flying everywhere."
According to Albemarle County Police spokesperson Carter Johnson, the driver, 63-year-old Kerry Nixon, has been charged with reckless driving following the incident, which is still under investigation. No one was injured.
The 7-Eleven is closed, says Johnson, and a man answering the phone at the store hung up on a reporter.
Interviewed an hour after the incident, Schneider says she is still shaking, especially when she recalls she'd given her son a choice of sweet treats: Slurpee or candy.
"If we had been in the candy aisle, Soren would have been dead," she says. "Thank God we didn't go down that aisle."