Car crash shutters bike shop | April 27, 2012 | Mountain View Voice | Mountain View Online |

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.


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?

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Best Of Mountain View ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Mountain View" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 29th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 21st issue of the Mountain View Voice.