Alexandria, VA

The driver of a car ran into the front of the SweetFrog frozen yogurt shop at 3219 Duke Street this afternoon.

The crash, at the Alexandria Commons shopping center, was reported around 2:45 p.m.

A driver in a Subaru hatchback hopped a parking curb and crashed into one of the store’s large front windows, shattering it. Police, firefighters and medics responded to the scene.

The driver was initially said to be injured and was evaluated by paramedics. No injuries were reported inside the store, which was evacuated after the crash.

An Alexandria building inspector was called to the scene to evaluate the building for structural damage.

This is at least the second time a driver ran into a storefront in Alexandria over the past week. Last week a minivan rammed the front of an international grocery store in the Van Dorn Station Shopping Center.

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(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) The driver of a minivan rammed a storefront at the Van Dorn Station Shopping Center this morning.

The crash happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the strip mall-style shopping center at 510 S. Van Dorn Street. Damage to the storefront — of the Weyone International Foods grocery store — was reported to be relatively minor, but enough to prompt a building inspector being dispatched to the scene.

The driver was evaluated for minor injuries, according to scanner traffic. No one else was reported to be injured.

A city official told an ALXnow photographer on the scene that the driver likely mistook the gas pedal for the brake. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

We’re told this is the fifth vehicle-into-storefront crash in Alexandria this year, and the second or third in this particular shopping center.

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