Driver crashes into convenience store, bystander injured

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Police are looking for the driver who drove a car into the Rite Aid on Loudon Avenue. Authorities say the accident happened around 3 a.m. Monday and left a large gaping hole and merchandise from the store exposed.

Police say there were two passengers in the vehicle that was heading west on Loudon Avenue. Investigators say the driver hit a utility pole and then struck the sidewall of the Rite Aid and then left the scene of the accident. Authorities say there was a bystander who suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident and was transported to University of Kentucky Hospital.  ABC 36 was told the passenger of the vehicle stayed behind and was not injured and refused to be transported. Officials say they are now looking closely at the structure of the building.

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“We need to evaluate the wall further,” said Major C.J. Haunz with the Lexington Fire Department. “Right now it doesn’t appear that the building is in any serious danger of further structural issues”.

Kentucky Utilities was on site to assess the damage left by their pole being hit. Officials say the pole only served as a street light and they don’t anticipate any major power outages in the area.

Monday morning, employees of the Rite Aid were cleaning up the mess left by the accident. ABC 36 was told the store would be open during their regular scheduled hours.