Mountain View Voice

News - April 27, 2012

Car crash shutters bike shop

Performance Bicycles on El Camino closed 'until further notice'

by Nick Veronin

The Performance Bicycle store at 2124 El Camino Real has been forced to close its doors indefinitely after a car crashed through the front window of the shop on April 22.

A rack of bike helmets was knocked over when a BMW burst through the glass storefront, according to police and an eyewitness. No one was injured.

At press time, a notice on the store's website said that the business would remain "closed until further notice." The store's parking lot has been cordoned off with caution tape and a security guard has been hired to keep watch over the property.

A large sheet of plywood covered the broken out window.

There were no signs that the driver of the vehicle — a newer model BMW sedan — was intoxicated, according to police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. Because the incident occurred on private property, there was no official police report filed and Wylie said she didn't have much information on the incident.

Police were called at 2:42 p.m. after the car drove over a curb in front of the store and through a large expanse of glass to the right of the business' main door. Investigators stayed on the scene until 5:11 p.m., Wylie said.

She said a city building inspector "determined the structure was compromised and unsafe," in the wake of the crash. Electricity was shut off and the building structure was reinforced before the car was removed.

Douglas Gray, who said he was in Performance Bicycles at the time of the incident, said that the car knocked over a rack of helmets and that an elderly woman was driving at the time of the accident. He had no idea what had caused the woman to drive through the window, and could only speculate that she had accidentally placed the car in drive instead of reverse.

In photos Gray took of the incident, the front half of the BMW is visible inside the store, with the rear end of the vehicle hanging out into the parking lot.

Comments

Posted by not a crime?, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

No police report? So it is not a crime to destroy someone's business as long as you do it on private property?

Are the employees of this store on unemployment now or are they still being paid their regular wages?


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