Pickup smashes into Steamboat restaurant
July 13, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Police say it was lucky no one was seriously injured when a man accidentally drove his car into bistro c.v. restaurant Wednesday morning in downtown Steamboat Springs.
The crash occurred at about 10:25 a.m. and tied traffic up until about noon.
Steamboat Springs police officer Bill Stucker said the driver of a red Ford Ranger pickup, Russell Savage, 34, was driving in the lane closest to the sidewalk westbound on Lincoln Avenue between Third Street and Fourth Street. He clipped the rear corner of a white pickup, also traveling westbound in the lane next to him. Savage then broadsided a red Chevrolet sedan driving the opposite direction and then crashed into a window at the restaurant at 345 Lincoln Ave., police said.
The restaurant was not open when the crash occurred, and no pedestrians were struck.
Savage said he recalled hitting the first car but nothing after that.
"I don't remember exactly what happened," said Savage, who said he was passing through town visiting his parents.
Stucker said Savage was sober, and there were no signs of impairment. Savage likely was just not paying attention, Stucker said, and he was given a ticket for careless driving.
"I'm just glad no one was hurt," Savage said.
Travis Wilkinson, of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, said there were only minor injuries and no one was taken to the hospital.
Brian Vaughn, co-owner of bistro c.v., said despite the damage, they were planning to be open for dinner Wednesday evening.
He said Savage missed two structural supports and the building was not structurally damaged. The damage was contained to the windows and surrounding brick, Vaughn said, and repairs were under way Wednesday.
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