CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The recovery process continues as two stores in Blue Ash continue to clean up the damage from a car smashing through the businesses.
The incident happened around 6 p.m. Friday in a row of shops at the corner of Cooper Road and Kenwood Road.
Ben Dangel was inside Servatii Pastry when the vehicle crashed through the front of the shop.
“Next thing I know I hear this sound that sounds like thunder almost and I look over to my right and I just see the glass from like the front showering in towards me,” recalls Dangel.
He says his first instinct was to run back and make sure everyone else was alright.
Blue Ash police say the woman drove through Servatii Pastry, made a left-hand turn, and then drove into Fleet Feet Sports next door.
Dangel says when he saw the car keep going, all he could do was hope no one was inside the neighboring sports store.
“When I saw it go through I thought ‘I hope no one is in there,‘” Dangel says.
Thankfully, no one was inside, but the damage to the store was done.
Servatii Pastry came out lucky in terms of damage compared to the tens of thousands of dollars in damage Fleet Feet Sports has.
When the car came through the wall, it burst a water pipe in the ceiling of the sports shop.
That busted pipe flooded the showroom and now they have to take up all of the flooring.
The company that is fixing this damage says this accident caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The company taking care of the cleanup says the next step is to use fans for four days straight to dry out the floor and drywall. This will help ensure dangerous mold doesn’t grow.
The cleanup company says Fleet Feet Sports might not be able to open for two to three weeks, but it was business as usual at the pastry shop on Saturday.
“The phone was going off, calling to see if we’re open or not, so yes we’re open. Got to tell them that,” explains Dangel. “People are coming in saying, ‘Oh, you’re remodeling,’ and we have to be like, ‘no, actually a car came through.‘”
The Blue Ash Police Department said the driver who crashed into the stores was elderly and drugs or alcohol were not factors.
She was given a ticket though, according to police.