Clerk injured after car smashes into Clinton convenience store

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A clerk is recovering from his injuries after a car smashed into a convenience store last Thursday in Clinton.

Clinton police have released surveillance footage from multiple angels of a car smashing into the Shell convenience store at 196 East Main Street. The clerk, 33-year-old Nirav Patel, of Old Saybrook, was hurt, but did not suffer any broken bones as a result of the crash.

According to Clinton police, it would appear that the SUV being driven by 64-year-old Christopher Caterino, of Greenfield, New York, was trying to avoid hitting a parked white van, but accelerates instead of braking into the front of the store.

Caterino was cited for reckless driving. Police at the scene determined that alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

Police say Patel is at home recuperating, and a full recovery is expected.

Firefighters in town are a little surprised and very happy he is doing so well.

"Absolutely." says Deputy Fire Chief Mike Neff. "We're ecstatic that he's doing fine. We always want to see the best outcome possible. That's why we're doing what we do."

Firefighters went above and beyond their initial emergency response that day.

"A few of us live up the street so we kind of know the owner of the business so we just... to help out see what we could help him with, says Neff. "So we wound up helping board up the business and take some of their personal belongings out."

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