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SUV Strikes Child, Crashes into Main Street Store

A car struck a 12-year-old boy before crashing through the front of Horse Boutique on Main Street in Annapolis.

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UPDATE: (2:14 p.m.)—The driver of a black Ford Edge crashed through the front of Horse Boutique at 158 Main St. while attempting to parallel park around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Battalion Chief John Menassa said.

"We were on our way to the boat show when the car came up and clipped my son," Kristen Wood said. "I was very startled ... I wish it was me and not [him.]"

Wood's 12-year-old son William McCurdy was struck in the right hip by the sport utility vehicle. He was checked out by emergency personnel and suffered only minor injuries.

McCurdy said he was scared when it happened, but he felt OK. 

He and his mom will be skipping the Powerboat Show. The family traveled to Annapolis from Pittsburgh this weekend for the show. Wood said on Friday night she warned her kids on the part of the sidewalk that was furthest away from the street when going around downtown Annapolis because she had a feeling a car was going to "jump the curb."

"My kids thought I was crazy," Wood said.

The accident happened when a young, female driver tried to parallel park.  The car behind them "was getting kind of restless," Menassa said. 

"People behind her were beeping their horns," Wood said.

Witnesses said the driver appeared to have hit the gas while she was in reverse, and the SUV spun up onto the curb and through the store front.

Menassa said two minor injuries were reported, but no one required transportation to the hospital. A building inspector was requested from the city, but Menassa said it appeared as if the damage was mostly cosmetic.

The Horse Boutique is open for business despite the accident.

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