Jeep crashes into building, damaging Providence business


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A business in Providence was damaged after a vehicle crashed into it early Sunday morning.

Crews were called to the intersection of Academy Avenue and Linton Street just before 6 a.m. for a report of a Jeep into a building. They arrived on scene to find the vehicle partially inside Mt. Pleasant Hardware.

The store’s floor and sidewalk outside were littered with broken glass and parts of the brick wall as a result.

The Jeep sustained front-end damage but the driver was not hurt. A police report said the driver, Johan Arias Lara, was summonsed for failing to obey a stop sign, and failing to maintain control of the vehicle.

A witness told police the Jeep was “flying” down Belmont Street.

The store’s owner told Eyewitness News this wasn’t the first time a vehicle hit his business.

“About 15–20 years ago, somebody plowed into the side of the building,” Mark Gillson recalled. “The holiday shopping will be impacted for sure, but we’ll make the best of it. This time of year, you have to be grateful for what you have.”

The building inspector was called out to the scene as police investigate the cause of the crash.

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