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2 freed after car crashes into Hendersonville doctor's office

Major Frank Stout with the Henderson County Sheriff's Office says two vehicles collided along Fleming Street and one crashed into a doctor's office. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Two people were pinned inside a Hendersonville doctor's office after 86-year-old Tilden Edelstein, of Flat Rock, crashed into the building, and specifically into the medical exam room.

It happened on Wednesday at Dr. David Slawek's office along Fleming Street. According to an officer on scene, the driver said he was pulling into the space in front of the building and couldn't stop the car.

Dr. Slawek who was seeing a patient in the exam room were pinned in different parts of the exam room but weren't injured.

Dr. David Slawek said the crash sounded like an explosion.

"It sounded like a bomb went off until I looked closer and saw the front of a car in the room with us," he explained. "My patient was trapped in a chair in the room with a bush on top of him." Slawek said he feels it's a miracle he and his patient walked away. The driver, in fact, was coming to an appointment with Dr. Slawek and said he was pulling into a spot in front of the exam room and the car kept going.

Authorities said the doctor was pinned behind office supplies. Edelstein is charged with reckless driving and the officer investigating said that Edelstein's car was in park when they examined it, even though Edelstein told them the brakes failed on him. The officer said Edelstein will have to bring proof from a certified mechanic showing that his brakes on his Mercedes are faulty. Edelstein and his wife were at the lot where his car was towed Wednesday, but neither wished to answer any questions regarding the incident.

Fleming Street was temporarily shut down as crews worked the scene. It has since reopened.

News 13 has a crew on scene and will update this story as details become available.

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