Car slams into Hinesville Subway, leaves the scene

HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - A Hinesville Subway owner is having to deal with tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage after a car slammed into the storefront Monday afternoon.

A woman behind the wheel of the gray or silver Hyundai sedan drove off, and police now need your help to find her.

Amazingly, the Subway restaurant is back open for business. After talking to police, they spoke with a witness who said that the car drove right into the store, sat there for what appeared to be a minute or less, then backed out and took off.

Just before the driver got away, one of the Subway employees snapped a quick picture, showing the back end of the car before it headed south on General Screven Way. Investigators don't think it was intentional, but by leaving the scene, the woman will now face several charges when she's caught. Witnesses say there was also a man in the passenger seat. Monday, all that debris is cleaned up, and the hole left by the car boarded up.

Happening around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, usually a busy time for restaurants, police say the situation could have been a lot worse.

"The damage inside the store had the chairs and the front of the wall pushed all the way into the store, so thankfully, no one was sitting right next to the window," said SPO Gregory Lachowsky, a traffic accident investigator with the Hinesville Police Department.

At this point, police are hoping that whoever did this turns themselves in, or at the very least, someone out there knows who is responsible and gives them information immediately.

Call Hinesville Police at 912.368.8211