Thursday, April 2, 2015

Toyota Camry, A Car Wash, A Building Crash

The National Car Wash Association knows which vehicles are prone to SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION.

 Owen O'Rourke / Item PhotoA driver slammed into the front entrance of the AutoZone on Boston Street in Lynn Wednesday afternoon, causing the store to close.

Driver gets in the Zone in Lynn crash

LYNN — The Boston Street AutoZone became a crash zone Wednesday afternoon when a Toyota Camry fresh from a car wash smashed into the store’s entrance.

The driver was conscious and alert following the crash, said District Fire Chief Timothy Collier. Damage to the auto parts and accessories store was serious enough to close the store following the crash.

City inspectors urged customers to call AutoZone today and check to make sure the 86 Boston St. business is open.

Koty Warner of Lynn was parked in the AutoZone lot at 3:47 p.m. when he saw a black car speeding toward his truck. He backed out of the parking spot as the driver crashed into the AutoZone entrance.

“He bombed into the parking lot and smacked into the front of the building. I was parked 4 feet away from where he hit,” Warner said.

Warner said bystanders attempted to help the male driver out of the car, but Warner said he urged the man to wait for an ambulance. RadioShack sales associate Stanley Fevilien heard a “very, very loud” crash and stepped out of the store in time to see the driver climb out of the Camry.

“I’m happy he’s OK,” Fevilien said.
Police Lt. Richard Donnelly and Collier would not identify the driver. Collier said the man was hospitalized “for observation” following the crash. AutoZone workers also declined to discuss the crash.