Errant SUV plows into Montavilla 7-Eleven store; injures patron

Witness say this is likely a case of “stepping on the wrong pedal” …

Ambulance paramedics assist the person who was injured inside this Montavilla 7-Eleven store – when a SUV smashed through its front windows and doors.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

On the sunny Saturday afternoon of June 15th, patrons inside – and also outside – of the Montavilla 7-Eleven store on SE 92nd Avenue, in the short block between Stark and Washington Streets were shocked when a white Toyota Rav4 XLE ran up over a concrete parking lot “stop block”, and smashed right into the front of the store.

“It was like the driver was coming in to park, and then suddenly stepped hard on the gas, instead of the brake – and that all-wheel-drive SUV popped up over the curb and sidewalk and crashed into the front,” witness Darriel Gantenbein told East Portland News.

“I was so surprised, I dropped my bag of chips – but they’re okay,” he added.

While the store manager looks on, a PPB Cadet heads into the store to gather information for a report.

A wrecker arrives; the operator uses chains to drag the crunched SUV out of the storefront.

Because it was a “Vehicle into Building” incident “With Possible Injury”, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) was dispatched to the scene at 5:35 p.m. – along with an ambulance. Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers were dispatched a minute later.

The PF&R firefighters quickly determined that there were no serious injuries, and that the building’s structure was still solidly intact. However, a woman, standing near the door inside the store, was thought to have a broken an ankle in the impact.

As the SUV is about to be hauled away, the convenience store’s worker and manager try to piece together their front windows and door.

Apparently, the driver of the Toyota was uninjured; and according to a PPB officer at the incident, it was not likely that the driver would be cited: “There was nothing criminal in nature here; just an accident that will have to be sorted out by the insurance companies,” the officer said.

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