TROY, N.Y. -- An 80-year-old man crashed his car into a Felthousen's Florist shop on Hoosick Street in Troy on Saturday.
"I was just hoping the guy was alright you know that was in there," said Martin Trombley of I love NY Pizza.
"There was an older gentleman driving at a high rate of speed, driving somewhat erratically up Hoosick Street," said Russ Reeves, Troy City Engineer.
Before plowing through the front of the flower shop, first responders say the driver was speeding and out of control as the car continued up Hoosick Street, then slammed into another vehicle.
"Careened into a car and in turn swerved and careened into the plate glass window that you see here," said Reeves.
The vehicle, driven by Robert Toles, 80, of 2704 Fifth Avenue in Troy, struck the building with half of the vehicle coming to rest within the structure, according to Captain John Cooney of Troy PD. Toles was transported to Albany Medical Center, treated and released with minor injuries. A second vehicle was involved and the driver was uninjured.
According to fire officials, employees of Felthousen's Florist were inside working when the car came smashing through the front window.
"They were scared, but not injured," said Ed Cummings, Chief of the Troy Fire Department.
Toles was charged with Unsafe Lane Change and Speed not Reasonable or Prudent. The structural status of the building is unknown at this time.
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