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Woman seriously injured after car flips, crashes into pet shop

A car came flying off the road and into the front of a shop in Sydney’s Inner West overnight, leaving a woman seriously injured.

Video shows the Toyota Corolla careering into the air before lodging into a pet store on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt about 2am.

The male driver escaped injury but his female passenger, aged in her 20s, had to be cut free from the twisted mess of metal.

A car came flying off the road and into the front of a shop in Sydney's Inner West overnight.
A car came flying off the road and into the front of a shop in Sydney’s Inner West overnight. (9News)

Detective Acting Inspector Sarah Dunn from NSW Police said today officers are investigating whether speed, alcohol or drugs were a factor.

The owners of the pet shop, the Wambeek family, said the damage to their store is another blow in what’s been a tough year for their business.

“We’ve just come out of COVID, and we’re just trying to get back into the groove of things, and this happens now, it’s devastating,” Stefan Wambeek said.

A woman was left seriously injured in the crash.
A woman was left seriously injured in the crash. (9News)

“It’s a family business and I love this shop.

“It is heartbreaking… it is heartbreaking,” Deepika Wambeek added.

Detective Acting Inspector Dunn said it’s lucky the shops were not open during the crash.

Video shows the Toyota Corolla lodging into a pet store on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt.
Video shows the Toyota Corolla lodging into a pet store on Parramatta Road in Leichhardt. (9News)

“It’s just incredibly fortunate that there were no shops open that time of the morning and there were no pedestrians around, this could have been very serious and a lot more injuries,” she said.

The driver was taken to the RPA Hospital under police guard. The 35-year-old is facing the very serious charge, of dangerous driving, occasioning in grievous bodily harm.

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