Gaithersburg Sam's Club crash victim speaks out

4:13 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) --  The Gaithersburg Sam's Club involved in a bizarre car crash re-opened Wednesday.

The 77-year-old-driver who slammed into the food court at the box store has been interviewed by police but not charged. He hit several people including a man who had to have his leg amputated. 
 
31-year-old Sheila Orellana was hit and barely got her 3 and one-year-old out of the way in time.

"I went flying up in the air. I don't remember how my children got out of the way. I just remember pushing them."

Sheila and her children had just left the food court of Sam's Club when the crash happened.

"My younger son was being rowdy and testing the echo. I felt I was being disruptive to everyone else and I decided to leave," she said.

That decision could have very well saved their lives.

"The table where we were sitting was gone," she recalls.

Montgomery County Police say the driver plowed into the store after first hitting Sheila.  He then hit two customers inside the store including a 76-year-old man who had part of his leg amputated.

"Imagining my kids if they would've been closer to the car they wouldn't have been able to handle the impact. They are so small. I'm hurting now but it could've been worse. My heart goes out to those suffering even more than I am."
 
Police are continuing their investigation. They're going through surveillance video taken from inside and outside of the store.

Witnesses say the driver seemed to have lost his patience, blowing his horn, while sitting at a stop sign in the parking lot. Police say there is no indication that he was suffering from any medical condition. Sheila doesn't want to think about the possibility, anger could have prompted the crash.

"That's sad, scary if someone mentally gets to that point. I hope it's not the case. If that is the case, I'm thankful more people didn't get hurt."

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