CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Police are investigating after a car crashed into a print and copy shop Thursday morning.
Cranston police said the 19-year-old driver crashed his car into the storefront of Sir Speedy around 8 a.m. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Employees were inside the building when the crash occurred, but none were injured.
“He said that he came around the corner and the accelerator got stuck and he just kept on going right through the wall,” Sir Speedy employee Maurice Burgess said. “I mean he must’ve went through, like,10 turning that corner to, like, 60 hitting that wall.”
Sir Speedy owner Patrick Welch said this isn’t the first time a car has crashed into his business. He said that three cars, including the one from this accident, have crashed into the building within the past 15 years.
“About 10 years ago in the middle of the night, I got a call and someone drove through the front window, the front door like they just did,” Burgess said. “About two years ago, someone came through the side window, and [Thursday], we had the other crash through the front door.”
Police ruled the crash as a driver error and said the car was 46 years old, with an expired inspection sticker on it.
Welch said he plans to keep his business open during the reconstruction process. He said while the front door is closed, customers can enter through the side door.