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Car Smashes Into Downtown Lynchburg Store


Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks l Videographer: Levi Washburn

Lynchburg, VA - Restoration crews are busy picking up store fronts in downtown Lynchburg after a car ran into several buildings Sunday in the 900 block of Main Street.

Police say it happened just after 8:30 a.m. They believe Linda Spinner, 60, of Lynchburg fell asleep at the wheel. Luckily, police say no one was injured, and no one else was in her vehicle.

L.Oppleman Pawn Shop received the largest amount of damage. Owners estimate about $40,000.

"Tying up the loose ends from building the containment where the glass was busted," said Lynchburg Restoration foreman Jimmy Floyd.

Floyd and his team are busy picking up the pieces.

"Busted several windows. Done some damage to the jamb and it was pretty intense," said Floyd.

"It took out a steel protection gate that we have to rebuild and totally took out the music window, damaged a lot of guitars," said  L.Oppleman CEO David Somers.

Somers says it has been a headache.

"We're not going to able to use our windows for a while but we got a good construction crew that's going to be able to put it together pretty quick," said Somers.

Somers says the force of the accident also cracked a jewelry window. In the surveillance video, you can see the Suzuki smash right into the store front. Somers' store took the biggest hit, but police say three other businesses were swiped, as well as two large flower pots, a street sign and newspaper boxes.

"It's kind of a shock when you see a car in the middle of your store but at least it just got through the show windows it didn't get into the main store," said Somers.

Ironically, this is not the first time this has happened at L.Oppleman Pawn. It was a similar scene 15 years ago.

"And backed up, and I don't know how it missed people, and went right into that same window," said Somers.

The silver lining to this story? Everyone walked away without injuries.

"I think it's very fortunate that she made it without doing any bodily harm to herself or anybody else," said Floyd.

Police say Linda Spinner was charged with reckless driving.

L.Oppleman says they are going to have a car crash sale and all the guitars that got some glass damage will be discounted at least 30% to 40% off.

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