SUV driver crashes into Palm Beach cellphone store

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (WSVN) – The driver of an SUV smashed their car through a Palm Beach County cellphone store, Thursday.

“This is, by far, the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Daniel Santos.

While on the job at the MetroPCS near Lake Worth, Santos heard and then began rolling on the aftermath of an SUV slamming into the neighboring T-Mobile store. “All I see is her reversing and going back into the store, so I was like, ‘Oh snap, so she’s actually going into the store.’ There were people in the way. There were two little girls right there,” Santos said.

Shinobia Wright is the woman who, police said, was behind the wheel, and after the smashing entrance, the drama wasn’t done.

“When she’s in, she comes out, she picks up a metal railing from the floor and she starts swinging it at everyone,” Santos said.

Santos said Wright entered an employees-only area in store. According to a police report, a worker tried stopping her, but she whacked that person during her violent, post-crash tantrum. Then she apparently calmed down and took a seat, waiting for police to show up.

Police said she was in the store the day before to exchange her cracked iPhone. That’s when, witnesses said, she told an employee that she’d “bug out” if she didn’t get a phone, “because it was her birthday.”

“I’m a phone salesman myself, and customers come upset, many times, for a number for things that we can’t control,” Santos said.

It is unknown what triggered the meltdown, but Santos is grateful the damage wasn’t worse. “Miracles happen every day, so I guess this is one of them,” he said.

Wright faces a number of charges including aggravated battery, burglary, criminal mischief and reckless driving.

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