Three people were injured after a car ran through a Wilmette salon Wednesday, June 29.
An 83-year-old woman mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake while in a handicap parking space outside Salon Fusion, propelling her vehicle through the salon’s reception area. A witness reported hearing a loud noise, and initially thinking a bomb had gone off before seeing the driver crash through the building’s front window at a high speed.
One salon employee was pinned by the vehicle. Two employees and the vehicle’s driver were transported to a nearby hospital, but did not sustain serious injuries.
According to the Wilmette Fire Chief, there were approximately 30 people in the salon at the time of the accident. He stated that he was surprised no one was killed in such a severe accident. Surveillance footage captured the vehicle going through the reception desk, nearly reaching the salon’s spa area.
Salon Fusion has only been at their Wilmette location for seven months. The owners report the salon should reopen this week.
Additional Car vs. Building Accidents
Multiple vehicle vs. building accidents occurred last week throughout the city. On Chicago’s South Side, a 19-year-old driver crashed into a Wrightwood storefront on West 79th Street around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27. The driver was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center and pronounced dead following the accident.
A hazmat situation occurred on Wednesday morning when a vehicle collided into a Northwest Side building, resulting in a gas leak. No injuries were reported, though reports say the driver may have fled the accident scene. The vehicle’s passenger refused medical treatment at the scene.
If you have been injured by a careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact the Chicago car accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers today for a free, no obligation consultation.