Car crashes through downtown Glenwood Springs storefront |

Car crashes through downtown Glenwood Springs storefront

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent
Christopher Mullen |

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — One driver received a ticket, but there were no reported injuries in a two-car accident early Tuesday in the 800 block of Grand Avenue afternoon that sent one vehicle over the curb and into the front of the Glenwood Sewing Co. building.

According to Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau, a Subaru that Floyd Collins, 84, of Glenwood Springs, was driving, struck a Volkswagen from behind as the driver of that vehicle, Arahana Contreras, 26, also of Glenwood, was pulling forward into a parallel-parking spot around 12:10 p.m.

The impact sent Contreras’ car onto the sidewalk and into the front entrance of the shop at 822 Grand Ave., smashing the plate-glass window and damaging the corner of the building.

Neither Contreras nor Collins was injured in the accident; nor was any of the half-dozen or so people inside the sewing store, Kimminau said.

Collins was cited for careless driving resulting in the accident, he said.

“The city building inspector was called in to look at the building and determined that there was no structural damage,” Kimminau said.

That, and the fact that no one was hurt, were good news for Sandy Boyd, owner of the sewing and fabric shop and co-owner of the historic 1888 J.C. Schwarz Building with her husband, Bob.

“We just had that whole storefront remodeled the summer before last, so we’ll have to fix that,” she said. “Fortunately there was no structural damage, and we can stay open.”

In the meantime, customers may use the red door off the alley in the back of the building to access the sewing shop.

“I’m just really glad nobody was outside on the sidewalk at the time,” Boyd added. “The whole top window just shattered, and fortunately none of those big pieces of jagged glass fell out.”

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