A 6-year-old boy aimlessly shopping for candy in an England shop was struck by a drunken driver who crashed through the store’s window.
In a shocking video released by Greater Manchester Police on Wednesday, the young boy was hit by the 79-year-old’s vehicle, but miraculously escaped with only minor cuts and bruises to his back and legs.
The boy was perusing the candy aisle of the Landside Wine Stores — referred to as a “one-stop convenience store” — on May 29 when the accident occurred.
His mother, who did not want to be named, told the Manchester Evening Newsthat her son didn’t cry, he was just in shock, but she was afraid he had been killed.
“All of a sudden the lights went out and there was an explosion. I grabbed my daughter and was shouting for my son. I just didn’t know where he was and I thought he could have been killed,” she told the paper.
“It is only a small shop and I was just yards away. Panic was rising and all of a sudden I heard ‘mummy,’” she continued.
Sgt. John Brennan of Greater Manchester Police said the department decided to release the video as a warning to not drink and drive.
“This family popped to the shop to buy some sweets yet found themselves caught up in somebody else’s selfish decision to drive while drunk,” Brennansaid in a statement.
The driver, Marion Smith, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving while intoxicated, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Smith was disqualified from driving for three years and sentenced to 50 hours of community service. She was also required to pay more than $240 in fines.
The security camera footage shows the boy’s mother and another woman rushing to his aid and carrying him to safety.
The women also appear to be yelling at Smith when she first crashes through the window.