LIMA — A handwritten sign saying “closed due to accident” could be seen on the front entrance of Dunkin’s Diamonds only minutes after a car came smashing into the building.
Two people were seriously injured around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of North Cable and Elida roads.
Patrolman Rick Mays, of the American Township Police Department, said Anton Arnett, 21, of Lima, was driving his red Ford Thunderbird LX at a high rate of speed north on North Cable Road when he ran the red light at Elida Road and struck a car driven by Linda Clay, 62, of Lima, who was traveling east on Elida Road.
Mays said Clay’s blue Chevrolet HHR finally came to a stop in the intersection after a 90-degree turn.
Chief Tom Hadding, of the American Township Fire Department, reported one person was in critical condition and another was in stable condition Tuesday afternoon at St. Rita’s Medical Center. Late Tuesday, a nursing supervisor at St. Rita’s said neither was still at the hospital and she believed both had been treated, then released.
Shards from both cars covered the street and snowy grass bordering Dunkin’s Diamonds.
Capt. Joel Wills, of the American Township Fire Department, said the display room within Dunkin’s Diamonds sustained heavy damage. The wall into which the car drove was made of stucco and cinder blocks.
A witness said as she was traveling south on North Cable Road she saw smoke from the accident.
“I saw a great bunch of smoke in the sky that covered the area and I thought there was a car on fire,” she said. “Then I saw the car in the middle of the road. It was very sad.”
The manager of Dunkin’s Diamonds declined to comment. The jewelry store will be open for business today.
Arnett was cited for a red light violation.