Today in Grand Junction, Colorado:
Elderly couple crashes downtown bike shop
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
By MIKE SACCONE
The Daily Sentinel
A downtown bike shop received an automotive makeover this afternoon when an elderly couple’s car accelerated over the curb and through the shop’s front.
Police Officer Martin Donohue said the driver of a light-blue Oldsmobile accidentally placed the car in gear from a nearby parking space and accelerated up over the curb, through a large metal water box and finally through the plate-glass shop window.
No one was injured in the accident, though the elderly couple was taken away by emergency responders to be checked out.
Chris Brown, owner of the damaged bike shop, said in addition to the plate glass window, he estimated he lost between $3,000 and $4,000 in bikes and a big-screen TV.
Brown said that at the time of the accident, he and several shop workers were sitting in the back enjoying a late lunch when they heard what sounded like a car crash. He said he got up, looked and “saw a parked car on our showroom floor.”
Even though shops on Main Street occasionally have these sorts of incidents, Brown said he was amazed the couple’s car squeezed between the sculptures and other obstacles on the curb.
“I don’t think I could have done that with a bike!” he said.
Robert Adams, who was window-shopping for bikes when the car popped the curb, said he heard the collision with a water box and jumped out of the way.
“They couldn’t have missed me by more than 2 inches,” Adams said.
Adams said his heart nearly stopped as he stepped aside only to see glass and brick rain down on the car, then lodge in the shop front.