Edgartown police and fire rescue services rushed to the Comcast building in the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Business Park at 3 pm Monday in response to a report that a car had driven into the building.
Edgartown Police Sgt. Michael Gazaille said Hugh Crall, 80, of Bradenton, Fla., was attempting to do a U-turn on his way out of the parking lot when his foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas pedal of his Subaru. The car struck the building, knocking a hole in a small portion of the wall, and knocking some shards of paneling onto the ground.
Mr. Crall was not injured, and there was only minor damage to his vehicle. He was able to drive away from the scene, and police do not plan to seek charges.
A female customer who was standing behind a counter inside the building sustained minor injuries when the impact of the car moved the counter forward, according to Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Kelly. She was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to be checked out.
Mr. Kelly said the original call reported a car inside the building and that the building was collapsing. The Edgartown fire department immediately summoned Oak Bluffs rescue and the Dukes County technical team.
Mr. Kelly said he expects that an engineer will need to check the integrity of the building, because the impact of the vehicle may have shifted a support beam.