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Workers clean up after the crash at Seven Days Market in Manchester Wednesday morning. (UNION LEADER STAFF)

Manchester market forced to close after car knocks out window

MANCHESTER — A popular market in the center city was forced to close Wednesday after a driver ran a car into the front window of the store.

The car broke glass, moved an ATM machine and toppled coffee machines, said Arif Ali, owner of Seven Days Market, which is at the corner of Union and Cedar streets.

“It was like ‘boom,’” said Ali, who was cleaning up the mess and shooing away customers who tried to enter the store. He said it would be closed at least for today, and city police said it cannot open until structural damage is repaired.

Police blamed the accident on driver inexperience and ticketed the driver — Sierra Harrison-Francis, 18, of 171 Union St., Apartment 2 — for driving without a valid license.

The owner of the Nissan Altima — Kayla Holt, 19, of 154 Overland St. — was charged with allowing an improper person to drive.
Police said it appears Harrison-Francis was driving north on Union Street and tried to turn into the parking lot of Seven Days when she lost control of the car and crashed into the front doors. The car had to be towed from the scene, and no injuries were reported.

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