Car crashes through downtown Glenwood Springs storefront |

Car crashes through downtown Glenwood Springs storefront

Christopher Mullen / Post Independent
Christopher Mullen |

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — One driver was ticketed, but no injuries were reported in a two-car accident in the 800 block of Grand Avenue early Tuesday afternoon that sent one vehicle over the curb and into the front of the Glenwood Sewing Co. building.

According to Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau, a Subaru driven by Floyd Collins, 84, of Glenwood Springs struck a Volkswagen from behind as the driver of that vehicle, Arahana Contreras, 26, also of Glenwood, was pulling forward into a parallel parking spot around 12:10 p.m.

The impact sent Contreras’ car onto the sidewalk and into the front entrance of the sew shop at 822 Grand Ave., smashing the plate glass window and damaging the corner of the building.

Neither Contreras nor Collins were injured in the accident, and none of the half dozen or so people who were inside the sewing store were injured, Kimminau said.

Collins was cited for careless driving resulting in the accident, he said.

“The city building inspector was called in to look at the building, and determined that there was no structural damage,” Kimminau said.

That, and the fact that no one was hurt, were good news for Sandy Boyd, owner of the sewing and fabric shop and co-owner of the historic 1888 JC Schwarz Building with her husband, Bob.

“We just had that whole storefront remodeled the summer before last, so we’ll have to fix that,” she said. “Fortunately there was no structural damage, and we can stay open.”

In the meantime, customers are asked to use the red door off the alley in the back of the building to access the sew shop.

“I’m just really glad nobody was outside on the sidewalk at the time,” Boyd added. “The whole top window just shattered, and fortunately none of those big pieces of jagged glass fell out.”

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