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Crash: Companies have been hampered since a sheriff deputy’s car slammed into a commercial office bu

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Traffic flows eastbound on Soledad Canyon Road on Wednesday past the storefront of eSolutions, which remains open for business after a sheriff-deputy’s cruiser crashed through it and a neighboring business on July 18.


Boarded up but not closed, the businesses damaged last week, when a sheriff’s deputy crashed his car into a commercial building on Soledad Canyon Road, are open for business.

ESolutions and The Back Doctor of Santa Clarita opened as usual the day after the crash, despite the damage to the exterior of the building and interior offices of both businesses.

The deputy reported taking evasive action to avoid injuring others when a car pulled in front of him while he was in the midst of pursuing another motorist who had just run a red light.

The building’s landlord, Joel Schecter, of Stevenson Ranch, was notified of the crash and impact with the building, which occurred shortly after 10 p.m. He in turn notified the business owners.

“Another tenant in the center notified me,” he said. “I rushed out to the site.”

John Duncan, eSolutions owner went straight down to the store and stayed there until 2:30 a.m., when the building was boarded up, he said.

ESolutions is operating as normal, but with a lot less visibility, Duncan said.

Dr. Karl Standifer’s chiropractic practice was back in operation the day after the accident, receptionist Maegan Wais said. Standifer himself is currently on vacation, coincidently planned just prior to the accident.

The chiropractic office was hit first, Duncan said, but that resulted in most of the rubble being pushed over into his office.
ESolutions still had a big pile of debris sitting in the front-office area Monday. A waiting-room couch ended up on top of a conference table, Duncan said.

While the Web design and e-commerce solutions business lost their sofa, an electronic window sign, desk, computer monitor and some other items, Duncan said most of their work is done toward the back of the shop, so the losses were minimized.

The insurance company has already been out to survey the damage and, as of Monday, Duncan was just waiting for the construction company to come by and remove the rubble, he said.

“The landlord moved quickly to hire a contractor to get it fixed quickly,” Duncan said.

The county has their own insurance, but the building’s owner called his own insurance company, as well, Schecter said.

“My insurance company showed up immediately, sent an adjustor and got a contractor,” Schecter said.

The adjustors and contractors are still developing their figures for the damage and cost of repairs, so the final tab isn’t yet known, he said.

In the 30-plus years Schecter has owned this commercial strip, this is the first time there has ever been a traffic accident involving the building, he said.

This property sits just east of the intersection of Soledad Canyon and Bouquet Canyon roads.

The contractors are planning to build temporary walls so the businesses can continue to do business while they make repairs on the buildings. Schechter’s contractors said it could take an extra month if the city requires both plans and permits to repair the damage.

Still, with the two businesses boarded up until repairs can be made, not all customers are aware that the companies are open for business.

“We’ve had some calls,” Wais said. “But people are still coming in, and we’ve pretty much been functioning normally.”
Duncan’s situation at eSolutions is a little different.

“It’s a little difficult with our front door boarded up,” Duncan said. “I have to have customers come in the back door, and my mail is delivered next door.”

It will probably take about a month for all the repairs to be completed, Duncan said he was told. But he’s hoping it will be a little quicker than that so he can get back to business as usual.

In the meantime, it was pretty amazing and lucky that no clients were waiting in the front room, sitting on the sofa, and that the deputy was OK, Duncan said.

“We were blessed all the way around.”


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