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May 28, 2014

Edmond barber deflects ‘hero’ label

EDMOND — The owner of a neighboring store says what Severo Cruz did last week was heroic, worthy of recognition.

But Cruz said he didn’t do anything spectacular.

At about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, a car crashed through the front of Just Lookin, 8 S. Broadway, where visible damage included the structure and broken glass. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said in a previous report a 66-year-old male was behind the wheel of the vehicle.

No injuries were reported, Monroe said.

Just Lookin owner Anita Poarch said after the collision, a barber at the Friendly Barber Shop, located next door, ran outside and was able to put the car in park, preventing it from striking the driver who had somehow gotten in harm’s way. Poarch said she got the information from an eyewitness working at the barber shop.

“He’s a hero,” she said of Cruz. “I just thought somebody ought to know that.”

Cruz, who has been working at the barber shop for three years and currently has the chair nearest the front of the building, said he was with a customer at the time of the collision. When he heard the noise, he “just reacted,” and went out.

It appeared the driver was backing away from the building and the vehicle was heading out into the street, Cruz said. In the midst of the chaos — which included worries about the vehicle being on fire — it appeared the vehicle might roll over the driver, Cruz said.

“I just did what anybody else would do,” Cruz said.

Just Lookin, formerly known as Special Occasions, carries gifts, clothing, jewelry, home décor and a large selection of Made in Oklahoma products.

Employees praised the help they received from others in getting their store back open. For the time being, patrons can enter the store via the alley through the back door.

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