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Car slams into check cashing business in Jefferson Park

April 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A hit and run ended with a car inside a store and the suspect literally running away. He told police he had to catch a flight.

The woman needed the Jaws of Life to remove her from her Chevy Impala after it was hit by a driver running a red light.

"She had the green light and was going west on Adams, when he hit her," said Brian Whitten from LAPD South Traffic Division. "Her vehicle lost control."

The crash happened at the La Brea and West Adams Boulevard intersection. The force was so strong, it sent the Impala through the window. The business was open at the time, and two friends barely missed the car.

"I was standing there and the car just came through the window," said Kenyon Anderson who was almost hit by the car. "I didn't know which way to move myself, it happened so quick."

"My man right here said move out of the way," said Reggie Hendricks who was almost hit. "She just hit and I jumped out of the way."

The driver of the Impala was hospitalized with facial injuries but is expected to be ok.

The 26-year-old driver accused of running the red light left, Connecticut resident Deranna Fletcher, left his Nissan behind and went running.

"This is not the neighborhood to do that," said customer Rene Grant. "Because somebody here will chase him."

Police caught up with him about five blocks from the scene holding luggage in his hands.

"My understanding is he was in a hurry and was trying to catch a flight to the airport," said Whitten. "If this gentleman had stopped, it would have been a bad day for him, but he would have gone home. He had a valid driver's license, he had no record, he had insurance, and he was not under the influence."

As for the business, once the Impala was towed away business continued with lines of customers returning.

"Nothing like this has ever happened, nothing," said one customer.

Because the driver who hit the business was injured, the driver who fled will be charged with felony hit and run.