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A teenage driver backed into the CVS store on South Main Street Tuesday evening during a driving lesson in the parking lot.
Police responded to the CVS around 6:30 p.m., according to Cheshire Police Lt. James Fasano, after it was reported that a vehicle had struck the building. The driver, a teenager whose name was not released by police, was apparently receiving driving lessons while a parent was in the vehicle. When the vehicle was backing up, the driver mistakingly hit the gas instead of the brake, propelling the vehicle into the brick wall of the store. The impact caused the brick to cave in slightly and crack on the outside, and a small crack was seen inside near the photo processing center. As a precaution, the building was evacuated before the Cheshire Building Inspector could assess the damage.
"We decided to err on the side of caution and had the building official take a look," Fasano explained. "He checked the integrity of the building and we evacuated just to be on the safe side."
The store was closed for more than hour Tuesday night, but reopened as soon as the building official gave the all-clear. The store opened Wednesday morning as scheduled.
An employee at the store said no employees were hurt in the accident, and believed the damage was nothing more than cosmetic.