After smashing through the store’s automatic glass entrance door at about 12:10 p.m., the silver Lexus ES4 traveled about 30 feet into the building at 1040 W. Las Palmas Ave., knocking over shelves of merchandise along the way, before coming to a halt.
“She was barely parked, and all of a sudden she just came through,” True Value site manager Danny Saldivar said of the driver. “I’m just glad we didn’t have any injuries.”
Still, a couple of customers standing next to the cash register in front of the store received a bit of a scare.
“It woke them up,” Saldivar said.
Sgt. John Walker of Patterson Police Services said Monday, March 11, he had no record of the crash. Accidents that occur on private property that do not result in injuries are considered civil matters, he said.
Skid marks on True Value’s tile floor on Monday, March 11, appeared to indicate the car veered slightly to the left once inside the store, avoiding cash registers near the front of the building.
After firefighters responded to the scene at 12:12 p.m., the Lexus was extracted from the store on Saturday and taken by City Tow to McAuley Ford for repairs.
The hardware store remained open even while firefighters responded to the scene, Saldivar said. Plywood was temporarily placed in front of the doorway later in the day.
Saldivar said Monday morning he expected someone to come to make repairs to the front door later in the day.
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