Elderly woman says she thought car was in reverse-- plows in to cookie bakery building in Jenks

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 23:17:32-04

JENKS, Okla. – A vehicle plowed into cookie bakery in Jenks Friday afternoon, according to police.

Jenks police say they were called to Cookie Doodle located at 377 East Main Street where they found a car struck the building.

One of the three people hospitalized was an employee who was working at the front counter when the car came smashing through the glass.

Two customers and an employee were hospitalized with serious injuries. The employee is Katie VanPatton, who broke both of her arms and had other injuries from the impact. Her father Craig says Katie is too shaken up to talk about the ordeal.

"I would like to believe the Lord helped her to go through the space between the studs in the sheetrock and not hit him directly that hard because she got knocked a total of about 12 feet and the car went over 25 feet into the store from the front curb, ” said Craig VanPatton.

The store owner was inside when the car busted through the glass doors, leaving destruction behind.
"It was over quickly a lot of glass a lot of noise in my employee that was working the front counter was in the back room at that point standing next to me and hurt and trapped,” said Cookie Doodle owner Bernadette Feickert.

Police say an elderly woman thought she was in reverse when she was actually in drive. The couple in the car weren't hurt but police say they might ticket the driver.

VanPatton says this type of thing happens all too often and he would like to see changes.

“I would implore that the Department of Public Safety to institute testing for people who want to drive over the age of 75, you know visual acuity, coordination, depth perception— just to make sure they're sharp," he said.
Meanwhile Cookie Doodle employees will be here all weekend picking up the pieces, trying to get back to business as usual.

The store will likely be closed for at least a couple of days.
We are expecting to find out Monday if the elderly driver in this case will be ticketed.

Overall, six people were injured in the crash including three, one employee and two customers, transported. Three more people were treated on scene. Initially, we were told that three people were in serious or critical condition but as of 4:30 p.m., EMSA says only one person was transported in "emergent" condition, meaning serious or critical. 


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