Car crashes into local hardware store
by Jonathan Partridge | Patterson Irrigator
Mar 11, 2013 | 3391 views | 2 2 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Lexus sedan driven by an 86-year-old woman crashed into True Value Hardware at Ward and West Las Palmas avenues on Saturday, March 9.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
A Lexus sedan driven by an 86-year-old woman crashed into True Value Hardware at Ward and West Las Palmas avenues on Saturday, March 9.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
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Items lay scattered across the ground after a Lexus crashed into the front of True Value Hardware on Saturday, March 9.--Photo courtesy of Catarina Bores
Items lay scattered across the ground after a Lexus crashed into the front of True Value Hardware on Saturday, March 9.--Photo courtesy of Catarina Bores
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Caution tape is draped across the entrance of True Value Hardware after Saturday's crash.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
Caution tape is draped across the entrance of True Value Hardware after Saturday's crash.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
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Firefighters and City Tow work to extract the Lexus from inside the store.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
Firefighters and City Tow work to extract the Lexus from inside the store.--Photo courtesy of Jeff Roesler
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A car driven by an 86-year-old woman plowed into the front of True Value Hardware on Saturday afternoon, March 9, causing $25,000 to $30,000 worth of damage, but resulting in no injuries, according to the store’s manager.

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.

• Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187, ext. 26, or jonathan@pattersonirrigator.com.

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stealthcat
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March 12, 2013
Says something to me about age restrictions on having a license to drive.
dwmxr
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March 12, 2013
I love this place. For a small store they always have whatever I need and now feature luxury car parts!


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