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Woman Who Crashed SUV Into PetCo Faces Charges

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The scene of an SUV into a pet store in Highlands Ranch Nov. 2010. (credit: CBS)

The scene of an SUV into a pet store in Highlands Ranch Nov. 2010. (credit: CBS)

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)- A woman accused of driving an SUV into a pet store may be in court soon. Investigators are recommending charges in the crash that left half a dozen people hurt.

The crash happened in November 2010 off Highlands Ranch Parkway in Highlands Ranch. The Dodge Durango careened in reverse into the PetCo store. Four of the six people hurt had to be hospitalized.

“The speed and impact that she went through that door. It was crazy,” said Danielle Conny, who witnessed the accident.

Another witness said, “What I can’t get out of my head is the screaming.”

“I spoke to the woman who was driving and she said her accelerator got stuck,” said another witness.

Mary Ann McGee, 54, faces six counts of careless driving resulting in bodily injury. Deputies said McGee backed her Dodge Durango out of a parking space. It crashed into the front of the store, injuring six people inside, including a mother and her son.

Deputies said McGee has been notified of the charges, but hasn’t received her summons because she lives in California. At the time of the crash, she was in town visiting family.

Investigators said the Chrysler Corporation checked out the Dodge Durango. They checked the transmission, the brakes, anything that could have resulted in the crash.

Deputies said once the investigation was complete, there was no malfunction but operator error.

McGee will likely have to appear in court. If convicted, she could be sentenced to 6 to 18 months in jail and fines.

CBS4 made repeated attempts to contact McGee at her home in southern California. She did not return calls.

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