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Woman, 75, Drives Into Doctor's Office, Pinning 3 Inside: Police

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    Woman Drives Into Doctor's Office, Pinning 3 Inside: Police

    A car smashed into a doctor's office on Long Island Tuesday, hurting three people inside, authorities say. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014)

    A 75-year-old woman drove her car into a doctor's office on Long Island Tuesday, hurting three people inside, authorities say. 

    The car pinned three people inside the waiting room on Middle Country Road in Smithtown just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities say. A doctor, a 9-year-old patient and his mother were taken to Stony Brook Hospital with minor injuries.

    The driver, who was also taken to the hospital, was OK, but "very shook up," according to Smithtown Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Fitzpatrick.

    Dr. Richard Ancona was tending to a patient at Branch Pediatrics when he heard the impact echo throughout the building.

    "It just lasted 20 to 30 seconds, it wasn't a quick 1-2-3," said Ancona. "I ran around to the other side and I couldn't believe when I ran down the hall, I see the front of the car sticking out of the room." 

    Authorities are investigating how the woman's car left the driveway to veer right and end up in the side of the building. No charges have been filed.

    Contractors were expected to clean up the site overnight so that the doctor's office could reopen Wednesday.

    "It's very unbelievable," said Ancona. "I never want to see anything like this again."