A 2007 Toyota Camry driven by a 91-year-old man crashed through the front window of a doctor’s office in Twain Harte on Tuesday after his foot slipped off the brake and pressed the accelerator, according to California Highway Patrol.
No one reportedly suffered any injuries in the accident that occurred at 1:45 p.m., but there was damage to the building for Dr. Michael Lazar’s Twain Harte Chiropractic at 22940 Joaquin Gully Road.
Officer Steve Machado, spokesman for CHP’s Sonora-area office in Jamestown, said the driver was identified as Richard Alarcon, of Soulsbyville.
Alcaron was making a parking maneuver in the parking lot when he crashed into the building after accidentally hitting the accelerator, Machado said, adding that no one else was in the vehicle at the time.
Machado said CHP officers were still at the scene investigating the accident as of about 2:35 p.m.
A call came into the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office to report the accident moments after it occurred, but it was transferred to CHP because it’s the lead agency on traffic-related incidents in the area.
Viney Anand, who owns the 7-11 convenience store next to the doctor’s office, said he had just walked by the part of the building that the car crashed through just about a minute before it happened while he was doing a routine walk through of the grounds.
Anand said that Lazar typically sits at his front counter while eating lunch, but fortunately was in the back of the building at the time of the accident. Lazar was unable to be reached for comment.
“No one is injured, which is good,” Anand said.
This wasn’t the first time a car has crashed through a building in that particular part of town.
Anand said a car crashed through the window of his 7-11 about a year or two ago under similar wet, icy road conditions, but no one was hurt in that accident as well.
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