Vehicle slams into Victoria animal hospital (w/video)
By SARA SNEATH -
April 13, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.
A couple picking up their dog at Hillcrest Animal Hospital drove into the building Sunday.
No one was injured in the accident.
Gloria Aoueille, 79, of Victoria, thought her car was in reverse when she hit the gas, Victoria police officer Robert Swanson said. The car popped over the parking block and went into the waiting room of Hillcrest Animal Hospital, 4001 John Stockbauer Drive. Henry Aoueille, 82, of Victoria, was a passenger in the silver 2005 Lincoln Town Car.
No one in the car or the building was injured. No citations were issued, Swanson said.
"I didn't know what to think. I was on the phone. As soon as I heard the crash and looked, I knew it was somebody picking up their dog," said Diana House, the kennel manager.
It is still not clear how much it will cost to repair the damage, veterinarian and owner John Beck said.
"It doesn't matter as long as nobody was hurt," he said.
The car went about 2 feet into the waiting room. Two workers were in the building at the time, but both were in the back room, Beck said. The office was open, but no customers were in the waiting room.
A building inspector has surveyed the damage and said that the structure is safe, Beck said Sunday night. He said the animal hospital will remain open during its usual business hours.
It was the first vehicle to drive into the building in Beck's 32 years of practice there.
"Well, I think it was scary for the people in the automobile. Bless their heart," he said.
Beck tried to add some levity to the unusual incident.
Despite the damage to the building, none of Beck's diplomas was knocked off the wall, he joked.