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Steele Creek martial arts studio temporarily closed after car crashes into building

The building was significantly damaged, but thankfully, no students or staff were injured.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Leadership Martial Arts in Steele Creek will be closed through at least Wednesday after a car crashed through the building and directly into the main mat and viewing area. There were students and staff in the building at the time, but thankfully, none were hurt. 

It happened around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Extensive damage is visible in the building and outside. 

Sunday, some members of the martial arts academy returned to clean and work on small repairs, though the total cost of damage is not yet confirmed. 

A manager with the dojo said the team was just thankful for the outpouring of support from first responders and community members. A post showing photos of the damage on Facebook has been flooded with comments and offers to help in the clean-up process. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the suspect "unlawfully, recklessly, and in total disregard for the public's safety" lost control of the vehicle. The suspect's name has not been made public. The vehicle left the roadway and went into the business. 

Medic said one transport was made from the scene, but CMPD said no one was injured. 

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