‘Slipped foot’ sends car into Lents store

The driver said her foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator pedal while trying to park at this outer East Portland neighborhood shop in Lents …

Portland Police Bureau officers examine the damage after a car was propelled through front of an 82nd Avenue of Roses thrift store.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Staff and volunteers inside the TC Resale & Donation Center at 5050 SE 82nd Avenue of Roses were shocked when a car smashed through the front plate glass windows of the store on Wednesday, January 9, about 5:30 p.m.

“Most of us were in the back, sorting donations, when we heard a loud crash; I thought someone had knocked over the rows of china and glassware near the front of the store,” one of the still-rattled workers told East Portland News.

Inside the thrift store, a worker begins to clean up after the car, which smashed through their front plate glass windows.

A black Nissan Sentra SU sedan had driven up over a concrete parking stop and smashed through two plate glass windows into the store. A volunteer, surveying the damage, said it looked as if there’d been an explosion in the store.

A Portland Police Bureau East Precinct officer concluded that no one had been injured in the crash; and the arriving crew of Portland Fire & Rescue Truck 25 found no damage sufficient to endanger the building’s structure.

It sounded like an explosion, some thrift store volunteers said, when this car burst through the front windows.

“My foot slipped off the [brake] pedal and onto the gas pedal,” admitted the woman who had been trying to park the car. Magnanimously, the store’s staff comforted her, saying, “It’s just an accident; you’re okay, and everything else can be fixed.”

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