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A 62-year-old Kensington woman drove her minivan through the front wall of a Gaithersburg-area Panera Bread Saturday morning, injuring four people inside the building.

Blanca Ramirez, of the 11300 block of Connecticut Avenue, accelerated her Toyota Sienna over a curb and a sidewalk then through the cinder block wall of the fast-food chain shortly after 11 a.m. while attempting to park in front of the building, Montgomery County police said.

The Sienna punched a 7-by-7 hole in the building at 598 N. Frederick Ave. and collided with two people inside, said police spokeswoman Rebecca Innocenti. Two others were hurt by debris.

The two struck by the vehicle were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said. The two hit by debris suffered only minor injuries.

Ramirez was declared to be at fault for the incident, but has not been charged with a crime, Innocenti said.

Ramirez could not be reached for comment Monday.

Police and Fire and Rescue personnel could not provide damage estimates Monday.

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