Monday, December 22, 2014

Business picks up pieces after pickup crashes

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 7/21/2014

Mary Thomas was only 30 feet away last week when a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup came barrelling through her office’s front entrance.

“We were sitting here working and — crash,” Thomas said. “The guy ran through the front window.”

Mary Thomas was only 30 feet away last week when a Dodge Ram 2500 pickup came barrelling through her office’s front entrance.

“We were sitting here working and — crash,” Thomas said. “The guy ran through the front window.”

George Miller, Wellsville, slipped and hit the accelerator, causing his pickup to crash through Richeson-Thomas Accountants, 122 S. Main St., Ottawa, July 15 in Ottawa’s bustling downtown, Capt. Adam Weingartner, Ottawa Police Department, said. No one was injured in the incident.

“The driver’s foot accidently hit the accelerator, causing the vehicle to jump the curb when parking and hit the front of the building,” Weingartner said. “The front plate glass window and glass door were damaged and part of an interior wall cracked but there was no apparent structural damage to the building.”

Thomas was the closest employee to the wreck, she said, noting she didn’t know what caused the pickup to crash through the window, but was happy the two employees in the building at the time were safe.

The wreck didn’t hinder the business’ ability to help customers because of quick work by Suffron Glass, 425 S. Walnut St., Ottawa, Thomas said. Richeson-Thomas now has a temporary wood storefront while the business works to comply with zoning regulations and historical society rules for the new glass front, she said.

“It’s been interesting,” Thomas said. “We have to go to the historical society because we have to redo our door. ... We’re within 500 feet of the next block, so we have to comply with their rules.”

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