Northwest Fire District firefighters were called to the Super Cleaners located at 9725 North Thornydale after several 9-1-1 calls reported that a vehicle had driven into the building. When crews arrived, they found a four-door sedan deep into the strip mall occupancy that housed a dry cleaner and alterations shop.
A 66 year-old female driver and her 7-year-old grandson had just finished dinner at a McDonald’s restaurant located within the perimeter of the shopping center. Both had agreed to dessert after their dinners at a yogurt shop a few doors down from where the dry cleaners were located. As the driver approached the parking spot close to the yogurt shop, she inadvertently used the gas pedal as she attempted to stop the car in the spot. The car traveled over the parking curb and into the glass door and windowpanes of the shop. The car traveled approximately 80 to 100 feet into the store until it came to rest after crashing into the bathroom area.
The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Her grandson was not injured. Both occupants of the car were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The mother of the child arrived at the scene and took the child home. The store was open at the time of the incident, but only the storeowner was in the store at the time and he too was not injured.
The store suffered extensive damage and will be closed until repairs can be made. Customers are encouraged to call the shop to receive more information about their dry cleaning or when the store will re-open. Damage estimates were not available until insurance adjustors can assess the scene.
All other stores within the complex remained open for business and will continue to operate under their normal business hours.
This is the second major incident to affect this retail complex within the week. The Safeway store that is located within the same shopping center suffered significant damage after a monsoon storm last Friday. The store reopened within 24 hours of the storm; however the deli section remains closed for repairs as a result of flooding.