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Hastings Bootery Slammed By Hit-and-Run Auto

The normally quiet downtown business section of Hastings-on-Hudson was momentarily shattered Sunday morning when a hit-and-run driver slammed into a storefront on the corner of Main Street and Warburton Avenue leaving shards of plate glass and wood framing on the pavement.

The accident occurred just a few hours before the planned Memorial Day Parade was to pass. Police said the parade will go on as scheduled and the route would not need to be altered.

"We got a call and look at this mess," said Joe Kwong, the owner of Hastings Bootery, which sells shoes and children toys. "People saw the car come down the street and crash into our store. Someone took a picture of the car and said the man drove away."

The driver reportedly backed his car up and drove north on Warburton Avenue leaving a stain of engine oil on the sidewalk and a gaping hole in the front plate glass window where toys in the showcase seemed undisturbed. An American flag hung outside the store in celebration of the holiday.

Joe Kwong was accompanied by his son Tom Kwong, who said he had spoken to a neighbor who took a photo of the car.

"He said he is going to show the picture to the police," Tom Kwong said. "I don't know if the picture has the license plate. We now have to clean up and get this fixed."

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