Car crashes through front of Modesto music store

07/21/2014 3:32 PM

07/21/2014 7:31 PM

A car crashed through a McHenry Village music store Monday afternoon, sending a baby grand piano into the optometrist’s office next door.

Nobody inside the businesses was hurt, Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Anderson said. And the driver, who was alone in the car, appeared shaken up but not hurt.

It wasn’t clear what caused the accident, which was reported at 2:17 p.m.

Andrew Lozano was at work at Langlois Music Company when the silver Mercedes sedan came through the front glass wall.

“It wasn’t fast,” Lozano said. “It was like a bulldozer.”

Nobody was in the front of the store when the crash occurred; employees said music lessons were taking place in the back.

Next door, the Stanislaus Vision office was full of employees and patients when the piano, pushed by the Mercedes, came through the wall.

Marlene Miedema pointed to seats that line the wall.

“We’re really lucky nobody was sitting in that area,” she said.

Sarah Shieds and her caregiver, Yolanda Fierros, had just arrived for Shieds’ eye appointment. Shieds, who uses a wheelchair, was on the van’s lift when she heard the crash.

“I thought I had been shot,” she said.

Fierros had just walked back from looking at a sign in the music store window advertising lessons. The sign, along with the front of the store, was demolished. Several pianos, valued at up to $15,000 each, were damaged.

However, the building’s structural integrity was not compromised, Anderson said.

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