JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A car crashed through the storefront of a Johnston business Tuesday, according to Police Chief Joseph Razza.
The car was parked in front of Supreme Star Fitness & Cafe on Atwood Avenue. Razza said the driver had mistakenly pressed on the accelerator instead of the brake, propelling the car forward into the store’s glass window.
Owner Daniel Ortiz said he was shocked when he heard the crash from the other side of the building.
“I ran up here and I saw the window was smashed and a car inside, I would say it was about 80% inside,” he recalled. “It was an older gentleman, and I didn’t really want to get mad at him because people make mistakes.”
Razza said the town’s building inspector responded to the business and determined the building was structurally sound.
Ortiz said he’s thankful no one was injured, and said someone getting hurt at his business would be “the last thing I need to end the year.”
He’s now left picking up the pieces during an already tough year for his business.
“Support your small businesses. It hasn’t been easy for us in 2020, at all, and this is the perfect example, this is the icing on the cake,” he said.