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SUV crashes into vacant St. Charles building unit

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:58 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:31 p.m. CDT
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(Charles Menchaca –
Members of the St. Charles Fire Department on Wednesday sweep broken glass and debris after a woman accidentally drove into an empty business unit in the 2000 block of West Main Street in St. Charles. No one was injured in the incident, St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said.

ST. CHARLES – A sport utility vehicle Wednesday afternoon went through the plate-glass window of an empty business unit in a strip mall on St. Charles' west side, St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet said.

Emergency responders found a black Toyota RAV4 completely inside the front space of a vacant unit in the 2000 block of West Main Street in St. Charles. St. Charles police and fire crews were dispatched at 5:33 p.m. Wednesday to the incident, Schelstreet said.

The woman driving the SUV told police and fire officials at the scene that she mistakenly accelerated when she pulled up to a parking spot in front of the unit, Schelstreet said. There were no injuries reported at the scene and the St. Charles Fire Department did not find any other structural damage to the building.

Jimmy Dalipi was working on the second floor of his business located next to the vacant unit during the crash. He said the impact of the car hitting the window was a loud explosion.

"I ran outside to see what [happened], and I saw the car inside," said Dalipi of the family-owned Tailor, Needle & Thread business.

A St. Charles Fire Department official backed the SUV out of the building and it was driven away from the scene with a partially cracked windshield.

Firefighters swept up the window glass and debris, and police remained on scene until a representative of the property was able to have the unit secured.

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