Westmoreland business curbside seating hit by 'distracted driver'
Because this traffic accident happened early Wednesday morning, May 5, at about 2 a.m., there weren't any witnesses when a driver plowed into the outdoor "street seating' area of Westmoreland's Unicorn Brewing on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue at Tolman Street.
The driver reportedly admitted to police she had been looking at her phone at the time; two two-by-fours from the enclosure smashed through her windshield, and the police remarked that she was very lucky not to have been seriously injured.
The car turned the wooden tables into splinters, and knocked down part of the shelter's roof, before coming to a stop according to owner Zach Vestal, who told reporters that about $2,500 worth of damage was done.
By that afternoon, Vestal and employees had cleared away the wreckage and roped off the area, setting up temporary tables and chairs for customers to enjoy the afternoon sun and mild evening weather.
"Customers, thank you for your support of small businesses," Vestal said. "And drivers, please stay off your phones when you're driving."The business later suffered obscene spray-painted graffiti vandalism overnight on Saturday morning, May 8, together with a number of other Sellwood and Westmoreland businesses, including the new Chase Bank across the street.
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