HAWTHORNE, NJ - At the Farmers Market on Sunday afternoon, shoppers got a scare when a car, while attempting to park, rolled backwards, knocked down a sign, jumped over the curb, and swerved into a tree where the vehicle came to a stop. 

"One of the shoppers at the market had been walking with her two small dogs in Halloween costumes.  They were right in the path of the car if it had not been stopped by the tree," TAPinto Hawthorne contributor Judy Kopitar said. 

The Hawthorne Police Department and Ambulance Corps responded to the crash to check on the driver.  A flatbed truck was brought out to transport the damaged car from the site.

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Some people attending the Farmers Market were shaken by the crash as well, recalling a fatal incident in the summer of 2014.  A Hawthorne woman, Donna Wine, was struck and killed by James Woetzel, since sentenced to 20 years in prison, after he drove through the street barricades into the market.  Afterwards, the Farmers Market was moved off of Grand Avenue into the library parking lot for safety.

Judy Kopitar contributed to this report.

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