FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Part of Crescent Avenue was closed for several hours near East State Boulevard after a car drove through a building early Wednesday morning.
The crash happened around 12:12 a.m. at 2329 Crescent Avenue. A car drove through the front of the old Lanternier Vesey Flowers shop, which is now home to a non-profit called Urban Attic.
“Last night my husband wakes me up and said, ‘Someone hit the building. I need to go check it out,'” Heather Zehr, who runs Urban Attic, said.
The driver was headed north on Crescent when he failed to negotiate the curve and struck a utility pole before driving through the building, according to police. Officers on scene said speed is a likely factor in the crash.
Once the vehicle exited the north side of the building it slammed into a parked trolley.
The driver was trapped in the car for several minutes before being extricated by Fort Wayne firefighters. The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Debris from the crash was scattered for dozens of feet near the building. A large utility pole snapped about 25 feet from the ground.
Power was knocked out for several blocks. Utility crews from Indiana Michigan Power were on scene for more than five hours working to restore power.
Wednesday, Zehr started cleaning up the debris. She said she is also trying to figure out a plan for an upcoming fundraiser that was supposed to be held at the now destroyed shop.
“Everyone was coming today to bring their stuff and I’m like I don’t know what to do. We’re just praying that God will provide a place the fundraiser this weekend,” Zehr said.
Fine Line Limousine owner Trisha Drummond said they’ve started repairing the trolley.
“We rejoice in the good times and also in the bad times and we look forward to continuing to serve the people of Fort Wayne,” Drummond said.
Both business owners hope the driver makes a full recovery.
“We’re praying for the driver. I’m hoping he’s okay,” Zehr said.
“We would like to offer up our prayers and our concerns for the driver and his family that he has a quick recovery,” Drummond said.