DENVER (CBS4) – A car crashed through the front door of a 7-Eleven in southeast Denver early Wednesday morning, causing major damage and giving an employee a scare.

The store is located at 10010 E. Girard Ave., near Hampden and Havana.

The car had parked in one of the front spaces of the parking lot and suddenly drove into the building. After breaking down the doors the car struck the front counter and knocked it back several feet.

Police told CBS4 the driver, a woman, thought the car was in reverse but it was actually in drive and when she pressed on the gas the car shot forward.

The employee working in the store at the time had stepped away from the counter for a minute when the crash happened.

“Everyone’s okay. We just got here so the night shift (worker) was okay, only upset. He was doing something else; if he had been at the register he would have been dead, the way I see it. It’s a big mess right now,” Abraham Gesese, the store owner, told CBS4.

The driver was cited for careless driving. Police said they don’t suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in the case.

Gesese told CBS4 he expects the store will be closed for several days.

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