Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Kerker reconstructs an accident that occurred Saturday in front of Azteca Taqueria on Ninth Street.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Colorado State Patrol Trooper David Kerker reconstructs an accident that occurred Saturday in front of Azteca Taqueria on Ninth Street.

One hurt in crash at Azteca

Woman taken to hospital after car strikes building

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— A Georgia woman was injured Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a car while sitting outside Azteca Taqueria on Ninth Street.

An elderly man driving a Honda Pilot with New Mexico plates jumped the curb as he was pulling into a diagonal parking space at about 2:45 p.m., plowing into the woman and the Azteca building, Steamboat Springs police Officer Stuart Hutton said at the scene.

Crushed flowerpots and broken sidewalk posts roping off mangled outdoor tables littered the sidewalk on Ninth Street. No one else was injured.

The injured woman was transported via ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The woman, who was eating at Azteca with family, had moved to another table to make a cell phone call, said her aunt, who did not wish to be named. The injured woman was struck by the front right side of the vehicle, she said.

"She was very, very lucky the car only hit her legs and feet," the woman's aunt said.

Steamboat police and Colorado State Patrol are still investigating the crash. The names and ages of the driver and victim were not immediately available Saturday.

Azteca Taqueria, at 116 Ninth St., also sustained minor damage and flooding.

The impact of the vehicle pushed in the exterior brick wall several inches and burst a water pipe in the wall. Employees scrambled to mop up the mess while the pipe still sputtered away.

"It was like Niagara Falls in here for awhile," co-owner Jim Ruggiero said.

The restaurant closed after the accident Saturday but will be open today.

"We're lucky no one got hurt more seriously," Ruggiero said.

Comments

zirkel 5 years, 9 months ago

Jim- Looks like you might need to put in a drive-up window!

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ColoradoNative 5 years, 9 months ago

Someday the voters of Steamboat are going to have to take some bold steps to fix our traffic problem downtown.

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constant1 5 years, 9 months ago

i guaranty that with all due respect, the elderly man should not be holding a drivers license.

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