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When a vintage hardware and tack business meets an onrushing car, the result is a hole in the building

COURTESY MILWAUKIE POLICE DEPT. - The crash of a pickup truck into Wichita Hardware on Johnson Creek Boulevard caused considerable damage to the building and its contents around the east-side front entrance. If you're the owner of the historic Wichita Feed and Hardware store at 6089 S.E. Johnson Creek Boulevard, just west of Flavel Drive – and working after hours in your business – the last thing you expect is a pickup truck plowing into the side of the building, right about where the front door had been.

But that's what happened, at about 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. Milwaukie Police were dispatched to the accident, and when officers arrived, they discovered a red Toyota Tacoma truck mostly inside the east side of the building, breaching the exterior wall.

The pickup was being driven by 38-year-old Matthew Hoffman, who was unconscious; and his passenger, 42-year-old Kimberly Smith. Both Mr. Hoffman and Mrs. Smith were trapped in the vehicle by the crash. Clackamas Fire District #1 responded and quickly began to stabilize the building around the vehicle, in order to free them both. Mr. Hoffman was treated by paramedics at the scene, and then transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; Mrs. Smith had not been injured in the crash, and declined medical treatment. As mentioned, the business owner had been in the building, but was not injured either. A subsequent investigation revealed that Mr. Hoffman had experienced a medical emergency while driving westbound on Johnson Creek Boulevard, causing him to veer off the roadway and crash into Wichita Feed and Hardware. No citations were issued, or arrests made.

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