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Car Crashes Into Lincoln Park Apple Store

By Alex Parker | January 13, 2013 7:06pm | Updated on January 14, 2013 9:42am

CHICAGO — Philip Chang was out to dinner in Lincoln Park with a friend and her young son Sunday night when they saw something that startled them: a car careening toward the Apple Store.

The vehicle, driven by an elderly man who lost control, according to police, crashed through the tall glass panels that house iPads, iPhones and, now, a Black Lincoln Town Car.

"Jack saw it first," Chang said, referring to his friend's 6-year-old son. The car was driving fast.

When asked how fast the car was going, Chang deferred to Jack.

"Super-fast," the boy said.

The vehicle smashed through the store's large plate-glass entrance on the south side of the building at 801 W. North Ave. The accident happened at 6:13 p.m., according to Chicago Fire Department officials. One person was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital with minor injuries, Fire Department officials said.

James McFarland, 30, of Woodlawn, had stopped in briefly to use a computer.

"I heard a screeching sound and looked up and saw that car turning into the store. I was in shock," he said. "As the car was coming into the store, I dove out of the way. I was just in shock."

McFarland suffered a bloody leg in the incident.

"I didn't think I was hurt at first when the ambulance saw me. But let me tell you how I feel now," he said as he rolled up his right pants leg.

Several people left the restaurant where Chang and his friend, Anne Book, were eating to snap photos of the scene.

"This area was full of people with iPhones before you guys [media] got here," she said.

The store has been closed as police investigate the incident. No charges have been filed.