A 69-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital for observation and released after a vehicle she was driving crashed through the side of a building near Marine Street and Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica Thursday, May 10th, Santa Monica fire officials said.
Santa Monica Fire Department units were called to the Rack Solid auto parts store in the 3100 block of Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica at about 1:30 p.m., regarding a report of a vehicle that had crashed into the side of a building.
The first-arriving fire units reported that a late-model four-door sedan had breached through the north wall of the business and additional fire units were called to assist with extricating the woman driver from the vehicle, Santa Monica Fire Captain Scott Ziegert said.
The woman reportedly received minor injuries in the crash, Ziegert said. There were no passengers in the vehicle and no other injuries were reported.
The accident apparently occurred after the vehicle traveled at “a high rate of speed” and hit a dip in the road, causing it to accelerate through the side of the building, Ziegert alleged.
Santa Monica police, who assisted with traffic control at the scene, were investigating the exact cause of the accident.
Two members of the Santa Monica Building and Safety Division were also called to the scene to assess the damage to the building prior to the removal of the vehicle, Ziegert said.
Damage to the building was to the north-facing wall. Interior damage was to displays for racks that mount to recreational vehicles, as well as to a small office, which includes a computer station, and the main electrical panel, Ziegert said.
No employees of the business were in the impact area when the accident occurred.