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Driver plows into Bronx business hosting birthday party

A birthday cake may have saved kids’ lives Sunday after an out-of-control car slammed into the front of the Bronx party hall.

About 15 kids were celebrating a 5-year-old girl’s birthday party in Baby Power Forever Kids in Wakefield at about 6:40 p.m., when a sedan barreled through the front window, one of the hall’s owner said.

Luckily, the children had moved into the back of the party spot and were singing “Happy Birthday” and waiting for a slice of cake.

The car sent a desk flying into one owner, Juliet Anderson, and hit her co-worker inside the venue on White Plains Road near E. 236th St., cops and witnesses said.

The children were toward the back of the business when the car slammed through the facade.

The children were toward the back of the business when the car slammed through the facade.

(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

“Thank God it was birthday cake time,” said Jaldaire Anderson-Watkins, 35, who co-owns the hall with his mom.

“I just saw a car beside me, I didn’t know where it came from. If I hadn’t moved, if I didn’t reach for my pocketbook, the car would have hit me, because I turned,” Anderson, 61, told the Daily News.

She said she was sitting on the desk that hit her moments earlier. Her 4-year-old stepson bent down to pick up a bag at just the right moment, and the car flew past him, she said.

This is the vehicle that crashed into the children's party hall.

This is the vehicle that crashed into the children’s party hall.

(Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

The birthday girl’s dad also needed to be hospitalized for a panic attack after the close call and seeing the wreckage, Anderson said.

The disoriented driver tried to leave, but the adult partygoers prevented him from taking off, said David Perez, 19, who ran to the scene with his cousin after hearing the crash.

“Thank God that no kids got hurt,” Perez said.

The 61-year-old driver will likely receive summonses, but the crash is still under investigation, police sources said.

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