Clark County – Tense moments at a Hazel Dell pizza place. A driver slammed into Bortolami’s Pizzeria Tuesday afternoon, pinning a customer up against a counter. The business Owner Mike Stromme tells Newspartner KGW the woman was taken to the hospital and will be okay. Another person hurt their hand in the crash. Clark County Deputies say the driver of the Toyota Camry, a 79-year-old woman, actually owns the building the pizza shop is in. They say her foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas while pulling into a parking spot. The restaurant will be closed for at least a week to clean up and make repairs.
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This afternoon shortly before 3 p.m. firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 were called to Bortolamis Pizza to a report of a car into a building.
When they got to 9901 NE 7th Avenue in Hazel Dell they indeed found a car inside the pizza restaurant and a woman pinned between the car and a counter.
The driver reportedly mistook the gas pedal for the brake while attempting to park in front of the restaurant. One patron suffered slight injuries. Firefighters were able to get the car into neutral and roll it back, freeing the other customer. She was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Electrical power has been restored to the building and there are no further traffic restrictions in the area. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash and will have any additional information.
Vehicle into a building. This afternoon about 2:40 pm Clark County Fire District 6 and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle into the building at Bortolami’s Pizza, located at 9901 NE 7th Ave., Vancouver, Washington. The vehicle, a late model Toyota Camry being driven by the building’s owner drove through a plate glass window opening sufficiently wide enough the entire vehicle entered the building. In the process of the collision tables and chairs of the pizza restaurant were shoved towards the back of the dining area. A patron was pinned by the vehicle and debris from the collision where she was seated dinning. She was extricated by Fire District #6. Due to the “mechanism of injury” this patient was treated as a trauma patient according to the fire service but was conscious, alert and communicating with first responders. Specific injuries unknown but transported to local area hospital for treatment.
The driver of the vehicle and building owner told deputies that her foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator as she was pulling into a parking spot. The diver, 79 years of age was shaken but otherwise uninjured. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office reporting, no enforcement action is planned.