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Just after 10 a.m. Monday, a woman driving a Ford Expedition drove through Bob Starks Beef Shop at 2301 E. Griffin Pkwy. near Shary Road. A female driver and customer were both taken to the hospital. Witnesses said the two women were not severely injured.
Shattered glass was inside and outside of the store. The vehicle crashed through the windows in front of the store, a pillar of the building and a freezer that was outside. Inside, the floor refrigerators containing meats were pushed nearly halfway across to the other side of the business. Rubber balls and other items from toy vending machines also littered the floor.
Sergio Solis, owner of Success Leadership Academy, was sitting at his front desk when he heard the sound of tires squealing and the crash. He said the vehicle just missed hitting his mother’s vehicle that was parked in front of his business. Solis was able to assist the driver, and others, and also call 9-1-1.
According to Solis, the driver said she intended to brake, thought she was pressing on the brake pedal, but it turned out to be the gas. She was pulling in to park in a space between the two businesses.
Rick Rodriguez, owner of Bob Starks, was not there at the time of the accident but arrived shortly after. Rodriguez said it could have been a lot worse.
“Thank God nobody had serious injuries,” said Rodriguez.
Solis was also thankful that he had no classes in session because the parking lot is usually busier and students are either coming to class or going home. Just a couple of feet to the left, and the vehicle would have hit the wall of his business as well.
“It could have been worse,” he said.
Rodriguez said the store would probably be closed for at least a week. The windows would be easy to replace, he added, it was the refrigerators that might take some time to fix and make sure everything is in working condition before the store can reopen.
“We will get it back up and running,” he said.
Bob Starks also has a location in McAllen.
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