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Only minor injuries when SUV hits storefront in Arlington Heights

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  • Video: SUV crashes into store

  • A sport utility vehicle struck two storefronts Thursday in the Evergreen Plaza shopping center in downtown Arlington Heights.

       A sport utility vehicle struck two storefronts Thursday in the Evergreen Plaza shopping center in downtown Arlington Heights.
    Eileen Brown | Staff Photographer

  • The owner of Liberty Cleaners in Arlington Heights picks up broken glass from the store's front window Thursday after a car crashed into the cleaners and a personal training studio next door.

       The owner of Liberty Cleaners in Arlington Heights picks up broken glass from the store's front window Thursday after a car crashed into the cleaners and a personal training studio next door.
    George Leclaire | Staff Photographer

  • A.J. Rivera, general manager of Rush Performance personal training studio in Arlington Heights, leaves his business Thursday after evaluating damages caused by an SUV that crashed.

       A.J. Rivera, general manager of Rush Performance personal training studio in Arlington Heights, leaves his business Thursday after evaluating damages caused by an SUV that crashed.
    George Leclaire | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A sport utility vehicle drove into the front of two stores before noon Thursday in Evergreen Plaza in downtown Arlington Heights.

A.J. Rivera, general manager of Rush Performance personal training studio, 10 S. Evergreen Ave., said he arrived shortly after the accident to find his business' window broken out and equipment damaged, but no one was hit.

"Thank God, they're OK," he said of people who were in the area at the time.

The accident also damaged the front of Liberty Cleaners, 12 S. Evergreen Ave.

Arlington Heights Police Sgt. Greg Czarnecki said when the crash happened about 11:40 a.m., several pedestrians were walking on the sidewalk, but they were able to avoid being struck by the Toyota RAV4 SUV, whose driver was making a turn in the parking lot, but ended up jumping the curb and crashing into the storefront.

Only minor injuries -- cuts and scrapes -- were reported, authorities said.

No citations were issued to the driver.

Broken shards of glass were cleaned up from the scene, and a board-up crew was sent to the two businesses.

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