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Woman cited after vehicle plows through front of tennis shop

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LITTLE ROCK - The 36-year-old woman who plowed through a business on Cantrell Wednesday has been cited with careless and prohibitive driving, no insurance and driving on a suspended license. Carletha Bunting told police she was trying to park, but hit the gas pedal. One person in The Tennis Shoppe was seriously injured.

Sophia Pucek suffered a broken leg. Co-workers say her surgery went well Thursday. Sophia has been with The Tennis Shoppe for nearly 25-years.

Prior to the accident, the driver, her elementary aged son and the 13 year old female passenger went to each shop asking for donations for a football team.

A day after the accident, the store is open. Employees are painstakingly looking through merchandise and throwing out anything with shards of glass.

The driver hit a parked car before going air-born. The force of the impact sent glass, even inventory from the front display, to the back wall.

Manager, Harry Huchingson told Channel Seven, he is "thankful". He says Sophia was sitting by the window cataloging. Harry says she saw the speeding car, jumped up and took about three steps that saved her life.

Kelli Marks owns Sweet Love, a bakery four doors down. Kelli says she heard tires screech, followed by a loud crash. "Something like this actually happened about a year and a half ago. A car came through the building and hit Hollywood Feed. It shook the whole shopping center. Wednesday, I think I distinctly said, 'Oh my gosh, not again'."

Kelli and others helping recognized the family. They reportedly solicit at the shopping center every few months. "According to the little boy, their car potentially has been malfunctioning and his words were, 'sometimes the car goes when it is not suppose to'."

The engine still revving, everyone in the car walked away. Sofia was injured, screaming and buried under debris. Kelli adds, "If she didn't try to run, it is highly likely she could have been killed."

Business owners want police to look into the organization the family is raising money for. Bunting, the driver could face charges.