Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 28 September 2010 16:11
After Marion’s Old Settlers’ Day parade ended Saturday, Wesley Regier, 90, of Hillsboro, was attempting to back out from a parking spot at Duckwall’s on Main Street when he accidentally hit a pickup truck driven by Jerald Stockdale, 83, of Marion County Lake.
Instead of braking after hitting the pickup, according to Marion Police Chief Josh Whitwell, Regier accelerated into the front store window of Bearly Makin-It Antiques across the street.
“I am happy and thankful this turned out as well as it did,” Whitwell said.
The accident happened at 11:53 a.m. and Regier was taken by Marion County Ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Stockdale was driving a white 1999 Ford Ranger. Neither he nor his passenger, Cara Stockdale, 69, were injured.
In addition to Regier, a second injury occurred when Connie Hearne, 65, of Fall River, who was sitting in front of the antique store, heard the engine rev and saw the car coming toward her.
“Because of a bad hip, she fell while trying to get out of the way,” Whitwell said. She was also taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital.
Regier was driving a white 2004 Chevy Impala, which was towed away by Auto House.
Marion Ogden, owner of Bearly Makin-It Antiques, was busy cleaning up glass and debris from the store window to avoid further injuries.
Estimated damage to the store was unavailable at press time.