ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin business is closed, not for the usual reasons, but because a truck that smashed into their store. Tonight, East Texas authorities are looking for that suspect. The owners said they hope someone comes forward with clues on who left their business in ruins.
"I got up and got dressed and came over to check it out," said Mildred Joy Wright, part owner of MJ's Designs.
"Last night, I was laying in bed and heard a loud two crashes," said Jody Hubbard, a resident who saw the suspect drive off.
The sound of destruction woke the MJ's Design Owner out of her sleep. It was the sound of a hit and run into her business.
"About that time, somebody came crashing out of the building," Hubbard said.
"It looked like an old Ford and had the headlight busted out," Hubbard said. "They turned their lights out and hauled butt down 69, and that's it."
The driver who went crashing through the building left without checking to see if anyone was hurt. The only things the driver did leave behind were tire marks and these pieces of the car.
"They must have fallen asleep or on drugs or alcohol or something," said Mary Jane Baldwin, part owner of MJ's Designs.
The truck struck a stop sign and continued through a field before it crashed into the shop. The sisters and business partners said replacing equipment will be costly; it is valued at $20,000.
"Our embroidery machine was destroyed it's about 10,000, then about 20,000 for the quilting machine. All my small machines were destroyed," Wright said.
Tonight, they're blessed to be safe.
"If I had been in here when it happened, I'd be gone," Wright said.
"Right in the path, she would be either standing at the quilting machine or standing at her sewing machine," Baldwin said.
They just hope someone comes forward with a hint on the driver who made this mess.
"Why would you leave and not take responsibility?" Baldwin said.
The owners of MJ's Designs said they won't be opened for business for a while. Troopers are working to find the driver.
Anyone with information that could possibly help find the driver is urged to call the Texas Department of Public Safety at (936) 634-5553.