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UPDATED: Car crashes into strip mall

Posted: May 19, 2011 1:54 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Security officers survey the damage caused when the driver of a Honda sedan smashed the car through the front window of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors’ Canyon Country office Thursday afternoon. Nobody was injured in the crash that interrupted a real estate class and damaged equipment.

The driver of a Honda sedan crashed through the front window of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors office building in Canyon Country on Thursday, disrupting real estate classes that were in session, according to officials.

Neither the driver of the Honda nor pedestrians in the area or people inside the business were injured in the crash at the Canyon Country Shopping Plaza, near the intersection of Ruether Avenue and Soledad Canyon Road, said Sgt. Daniel Stanley of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

No other buildings were damaged in the crash, which occurred at about 1:20 p.m., Stanley said.

Kayla Meeks, who works at a desk about 12 feet away from the window the Honda drove through, said seconds before the crash, she was startled when she heard the sound of an engine revving outside.

“I heard the car rev, looked up and saw it coming through the window,” Meeks said. “The tires were all the way inside (the office).”

Meeks said the woman quickly reversed her vehicle out of the business, drove backward over the sidewalk, through the parking lot and struck a BMW that was parked across from the office.

The woman appeared to be in shock after the crash, Meeks said, and remained seated in the driver’s seat until authorities arrived.

The car knocked over a bookshelf, broke a credit-card reader and damaged other equipment, she said.

Shards of glass littered the sidewalk in front of the real estate office and near the Quizno’s sandwich shop next door.

By about 2:15 p.m., a tow truck had arrived to remove the Honda from the parking lot, and workers were sweeping up the glass in front of the office.


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