Hijab House Crash Driver Is Released As Mystery Deepens
The SUV driver who tore through crowds in western Sydney, smashing into a hijab fashion store and injuring more than a dozen people, has been released by police.
A 51-year-old man was arrested outside Hijab House in Greenacre on Thursday afternoon, after his Mitsubishi ploughed into the shop's front window.
He was released from custody on Friday morning pending further inquiries, with reports suggesting he may have suffered a medical episode.
The driver is reportedly known to police for previous traffic offences.
The crash left 14 people injured, with NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell telling reporters he was 'very grateful' nobody had been killed.
None of the injuries are life-threatening, but several victims were left with serious injuries and broken legs.
Blood-soaked feet of women who were injured in the horror crash on Thursday afternoon (pictured)
Among the injured was a 13-year-old girl, who was rushed to hospital after the crash at around 3pm on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the car crashed into another vehicle stopped at the traffic lights moments before driving into the busy store.
Most of the victims are believed to be women aged between 18 and 30 and were in the store shopping at the time of the crash.
So far, one victim in a serious condition.
The store was particularly busy ahead of Eid al-Fitr this weekend, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan.
The driver was arrested and taken to Liverpool Hospital for assessment and mandatory testing.
Twelve people have been injured after a van driver smashed into a shop in Sydney's southwest (pictured) on Thursday afternoon
After being discharged, he was taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was interviewed by police and released.
On Thursday night, Police superintendent Murray Reynolds told 2GB he believed the crash may have been deliberate.
'It does appear that it's [been] done deliberately but potentially it could be a medical episode,' he said.
'The scene itself it obviously quite chaotic… I'm grateful no one was killed.'
A spokesman for Hijab House confirmed both customers and staff were injured in the crash.
A Mitsubishi SUV slammed into Hijab House on Waterloo Road and Juno Parade in Greenacre just after 3pm on Thursday (pictured)
The van (pictured) has now been removed from the Hijab House store in Greenacre, following hours of police investigations
'A number of our customers and staff members were injured.
The community is shaken and management is working to make sense of this tragedy,' the spokesman said.
'At this stage motives are unknown. The important thing is everyone is still alive.'
Video taken by a bystander showed thick smoke billow from the front of the Subaru while stopped at a red light.
The Mitsubishi then appeared to accelerate across the crowded intersection before ploughing into the shop's glass windows.
The male driver was initially trapped in the car and had to be freed by emergency crews, while 11 pedestrians were injured.
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