Car crashes through empty convenience store, eatery

Julie Jette

Normally on a Sunday evening, the New Store on The Block and its Subway sandwich shop would be bustling with patrons.

Luckily, the store was closed for a family reunion this past Sunday when an allegedly drunk driver slammed through its front window and wall at 7:15 p.m.

“My husband drove by and called me and said there was a car in my store,” said Kelly Raine, who manages the store for Randolph resident Raj Patel. “The whole front of the building’s probably going to have to be replaced.”

She estimated the damage to the store at the corner of Park and Prospect Streets at $50,000.

Raine said the car came halfway through the store and knocked out tables where patrons would normally have been eating or scratching lottery tickets.

The store is owned Raj Patel of Randolph, who was attending his family’s annual picnic at the time.

Stoughton Police executive officer Tom Murphy said police received a call at 7:15 p.m. reporting that a car had crashed into the store.

He said that police found a Honda Accord had plowed halfway into the building.

The operator of the vehicle, Sully Victor of 731 North Montello St. in Brockton, refused medical treatment.

Murphy said that officers believe Victor was turning into the parking lot, failed to navigate the turn, hit an unoccupied parked car and then careened into the wall of the building.

Raine said she believes that if Victor’s car had not struck the parked car, more damage would have been done.

 “If that car was not there, this car would have come straight through the store,” she said.

Victor is being charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. He refused a breath test.

The town health inspector and engineer examined the store and said it was safe, and it remains open for business.

Julie Jette of The Patriot Ledger may be reached at jjette@ledger.com.