Car crashes through store

No shoppers injured during collision late Thursday night
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 1, 2014

Shoppers escaped a potentially deadly situation unscathed Thursday, when an elderly man apparently suffered a medical condition and drove his car through Dick's Sporting Goods.

His gold Cadillac peeled across the store's parking lot, dislodged a decorative cement pillar and plowed through the store's front entrance at about 9 p.m, police said.

The car hurtled through the center aisle, razing everything in its path until it collided with a rear wall, in a storage area behind the store's shoe department.

The collision left the Milan Road store in shambles. Wreckage toppled onto the car, trapping the driver and his passenger until Perkins police and firefighters arrived.

Dozens of bystanders huddled in the parking lot Thursday described the aftermath as eerily quiet.

Those who witnessed the episode unfold, however, described a different scene.

"There was glass everywhere, from front to back," said Erin McLaughlin, 20, who was inside the store. "People were yelling for us to go the front of the store, but some went back to the car and tried to help."

Remarkably, it doesn't appear anyone was seriously injured during the incident, Perkins police Lt. Edward Hastings said.

"At this busy time of night, it's amazing," Hastings said. "Everyone was accounted for and taken out of the store."

An ambulance transported the man and his passenger, who is suspected to be his wife, to Firelands Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The pair's names were unavailable as of Thursday night, but will likely be released tomorrow.

The extent of their injuries is unknown, but they were conscious and alert when they were removed from their vehicle, Hastings said. Police haven't yet determined the man's medical condition.

Perkins police are investigating the incident. They continued to comb through the rubble late Thursday night, and a tow truck removed the damaged car from the scene at about 10:15 p.m.

Police will provide the Register with surveillance video from inside the store when it becomes available, they said.

"This is going to take some time," Hastings said. "I've never seen anything quite like this."

Comments

From the Grave

Maybe they were having a big ball blow out...sale.

mikeylikesit

happened to me once..

mikeylikesit

umm.. but there was no sale.

CommonsenseNow

Your username name is kinda funny.

JACKEL

I likesit !

Donegan

Clean up in Isle 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,and 8.....

Darwin's choice

I hope the driver is ok. Something like this is probably due to a medical issue!
Thank goodness no one in the store was injured!

IT'S ME

Now that the Taco Rock is gone people will be driving into all kinds of things!
#NoRockNoTacos

Another Day

It had to be a small car or very very large truck, they have those cement crash barriers in front. How the heck did they get through those and all the way through the store?

Dwight K.

Looks like an old person boat car

fluffy

The register got it backwards. He came in through the back wall and stopped at the concrete balls out front. So I'm told. The one picture shows the tail lights facing into the store and the Caddy buried in debris.

ChickMag2006

You do NOT call somebody/something out when you are dead wrong yourself- do they think they caught an action shot of the car blowing through the back wall in reverse?? And the whole aisle just happened to already be tore to shred, with a dude standing directly behind the car?

Wjones44

Will the put the items damaged on sale? I need a new Browns jersey.

The Answer Person

If you want to waste money, go to Goodwill and buy one there. LOL!

indolent indiff...

Scene from Blues brothers?

mlbosque

That is the exact same thought I had when I read this headline!

Truth2u

Good thing it didn't have those big round concrete balls like Target, can't imagine them being thrown around and bouncing inside the store after being hit.

whattheBucks

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sim3000

Funny how Life can be I knew someone who went to the store on Wednesday and a Day later this happens WOW! Hope Everyone is involved is alright. its Sad people on here are making fun at this where someone's live could of been at risk.

SunshineDaydream

Holy cow! I was at that store merely a year ago and just look at what happened today! I feel totally blessed!

CommonsenseNow

Getting out the violin.

Gardenman

Whew would hate to see the insurance claim on this one. You know one of the most common level of coverage is $100,000 and that may not cut it on this bill from Dick's. You know full well Dick's will and has a right to go after lost sales and that may well be a lawsuit against the driver of the car....medical condition or not they lost sales for I am sure days and weeks of repair to the store and they will collect.

Guess have to ask this question. What was the passenger doing....just along for the ride enjoying the view as the car traveled the aisle....could they not turn off the ignition, hit the brake, put the car in neutral.....at least do something besides just sitting there.

HealBySteel

I am sure the passenger was scared to death and frozen with fear. Most cars have a console in the front seat, so the ability to reach the brake in a timely fashion would be near zero. Turning the ignition off or placing it in neutral would slow the momentum of the car, but not stop it. That too would require the individual to act in an extraordinary manner while in fear for their own life.

Señor Clown

I assure you Dicks has insurance just for situations like these, just as every other retail business does.

I also can assure you that you're overestimating the ability of a confused and startled passenger to take quick and decisive action in a situation like that. Remember all of the people who allegedly crashed due to stuck gas pedals or ignition switches that would unexpectedly turn off? If drivers can't be expected to make quick decisions when the unexpected happen, it's a certainty that a passenger won't.

Gardenman

I would beg to defer with you as I have seen these things all play out in a court of law. If the passenger was a licensed driver and had no disability that would not allow use of the hands, arms etc. then the court looks at reasonable action on their part to stop the car. Really comes down to the question in court of law what would a reasonable person do in this situation. We could say they were scared and starled but a driver could be that too but they normally take action to avoid a crash even in that state of mind.

Courts don't look either at age and say well this person was 80, etc so we will give them a pass but if they were 20 we would not. A 20 yo could be starled and scared as could a 80 yo, or 70 or 60 yo.

Example could be 16 people are sitting around a dining room table. One person has a medical emergency and knocks over a lighted candle on the table which immediately catches the tablecloth on fire and then the table and evenutally the entire room is on fire. We have 15 other people who do not have a medical emergency and they just all sit there and watch the fire get bigger and bigger. Are they scared and starled YES,,,,,it is reasonable for them to just sit there and not attempt stop the possible fire - NO. Just because they are starled, anxious, suprised etc. the court would not agree its ok you folks just sat there and let the house burn down. Now if they were physically challenged or mentally incapable all 15 of them then different outcome.

Same for a passenger in the front seat of a car in this instance. While not the driver the court would look at them and say they are licensed driver and physically able would it not be reasonable for them to take some action to stop the car.

So next time you get in the car and sit on the passenger side don't think that because you are not the driver you released from all responsibily in an emergency situation. While you have considerably less responsibility than the driver you still have a certain level of responsibility.

jadenicole3

Come on people. These were elderly people. The man has a medical condition that caused this. When your frozen in fear, you don't think to do those things as im sure his passenger did not. I'm glad they both made it out alive as well as all the employees and customers that were in the store.

John3065

They are heartless people....until it becomes family...then they are crying wolf....I cant believe the lack of human kindness. This man is ill!! I am sure he would have done whatever possible to avoid this. When someone has a seizure they cant control their bodies and some become unconscious!

SunshineDaydream

My contention is that the stack of LeBum jerseys were enough to "drive" him insane. That would be considered a medical condition, would it not?

Señor Clown

No. Some Cleveland fans are still acting like jilted lovers over the whole Miami thing. The vast majority of the developed world regards it as nothing more than an entertainer, who at the end of their contract with one private company, went to work for another private company.

lifetimeresident

He had a seisure now shut up.

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