Sam’s Club in Gaithersburg reopens after car hits building -- Gazette.Net


This story was updated at 2 p.m. July 30, 2013.

Police have identified the driver and three victims of a single-car collision that damaged part of a Sam’s Club store on July 23 in Gaithersburg.

Subinoy Mazumdar, 77, of North Potomac drove from the parking lot into the North Frederick Avenue store around 1 p.m., police said.

A man inside the store, 76-year-old Dimas M. Chavez of Potomac, suffered partial amputation of one leg when Mazumdar’s Buick LeSabre crashed through the store’s wall and into his leg.

Chavez was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries, according to police. On Monday, he was in stable condition and “doing well,” according to a hospital official. Contacted via a nurse, Chavez declined to speak to The Gazette.

Reached by phone Monday night, Mazumdar said he had “no interest” in speaking about the crash.

Sheila R. Orellana, a 31-year-old Derwood resident who was walking in the parking lot, was struck by the car before it crashed through the store, the release said. She was able to push her 3- and 1-year-old children out of harm’s way, said Capt. Jim Daly, a Montgomery County Police spokesman. She was not seriously injured. Reached at her home on Monday, she declined to speak to The Gazette.

Boyds resident Thuan Bui, 33, was also hit by the car inside the store and taken to Suburban Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Daly said the store has video cameras on the property that may be able to show what happened.

Detectives are interviewing Mazumdar, who was not injured, according to a press release from Montgomery County Police. The crash is still under investigation, and as of Tuesday, no charges have been brought against Mazumdar, according to Montgomery County Police spokeswoman Blanca Kling.

Gaithersburg Planning and Code Administrator John Schlichting said July 23 one of the city’s building inspectors was sent to the scene to assess the damage. The inspector issued a notice that said the damaged emergency doors must be fixed before the store could re-open. Matt Kelleher, a Gaithersburg fire inspector, re-inspected the site July 24 and allowed Sam’s Club to reopen for business. The store’s food court has since re-opened, a store employee said Tuesday.

Staff Writer St. John Barned-Smith contributed to this report.