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Elderly woman injured by fleeing beer thieves

EVERETT, Wash. - A 74-year-old woman suffered a concussion, among other injuries, after being knocked to the ground and then hit by a car as three men made an escape after stealing beer.

"I was walking out with my groceries, going out to my car," said Phyllis Friske.

Friske can been seen in surveillance video pushing a shopping cart outside an Everett Safeway.

"I saw a car along the curb with the doors open, but you know I never thought a thing about it," said Friske.

On the video, three male shoplifters can be seen with beer in hand running out of the store. Two run past her and jump into the car, the third collides with her, lands on top of her, slamming her head into the ground.

"What shocked me is the way I'm flat out on my back," said Friske.

Everett Police Sgt. Robert Goetz said after Friske fell down to the ground, the car took off and hit her in the head.

"I had a concussion. I had to have staples on the back on my head," said Friske.

Friske spent a night in the hospital and missed three days of work.

She also has deep bruises on the back of her leg that keep her from sitting for long periods, all because three guys wanted to steal some beer.   

"They don't realize what they're doing to their future. They just think it's a lark. 'Let's get some beer for a party' But it's going to affect their lives," said Friske. "I just wish they would take responsibility and suck it up."

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