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Man in store crash near Seattle released from hospital

December 27, 2019 GMT

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — A grandfather hurt in a Dec. 16 crash at a crowded store near Seattle has been released from a hospital.

KIRO-TV reports Obdulio Chiche was released from the hospital Tuesday while his 2-year-old grandson David remains at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Police say a man driving a van apparently being used as a getaway vehicle crashed into a Ross Dress for Less store in the suburb of Burien, injuring 11 people. Chiche says David is awake and improving but will likely be in the hospital for another three months.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the van tried to take off at a high speed after a woman, who had apparently shoplifted inside the Ross Dress for Less store in the suburb of Burien, then got into the van Monday night.

The van first hit an unoccupied car in front of the store and then crashed through the store’s windows.

The van’s 51-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault and driving under the influence of drugs. The female passenger was arrested on a previous warrant and suspicion of shoplifting.