'Medical emergency' blamed in Johnson Creek Blvd. crash into building
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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