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Grande-sized crash at Starbucks

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 | 2:18 pm

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Van Rhine sits in his favourite spot after a truck struck the Starbucks at Westbank Town Centre at noontime on Thursday, February 25.  According to RCMP Const. Putt, police were unsure of what caused the crash, stating that conflicting witness reports were given.  The driver was taken to hospital with what were believed to be spinal injuries. Rhine, who has cancer, stated that he didn’t think much about how close the truck came to crashing through the window.  “Every day is a gift”, adding that he was worried about the driver’s injuries.  Photos by Daniel Hayduk.

RCMP media release

A woman ended up with minor injuries following a collision into the Starbucks  on Gosset Rd. in West Kelowna just before noon today.

The 39 year old Kelowna resident apparently selected the gas pedal, instead of the brake, as she pulled up to building. Her black 2002 Dodge pickup lurched forward, over the sidewalk, crunching a table and some chairs between it and the side of the building. Fortunately no one was seated around the table at the time.

The driver was taken to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries which included a neck strain. The truck received moderate damage to the front end, and was towed from the scene. The building sustained marks to the exterior.

It does not appear that alcohol was a factor. No charges are being contemplated.

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