The official drive through at the Subway at 1820 E. Madison is on the west side of the store, but one young man did a drive through – or perhaps more accurately, a drive into – on the east side.
Chauncey Fuller, 20, reportedly stepped on the gas rather than the brake as he was attempting to park his car, and crashed into the east-side brick wall of Subway on Monday, Aug. 6.
“I was standing right there when it happened about 8 p.m.,” said Mike Johnson, Subway employee. “It sounded like an explosion and tile shattered. If the car had gone all the way through, it would have hit me.”
The accident left bricks displaced and a small hole in the wall on the outside, with cracks in the brick and mortar along the entire wall, and a bowed wall on the inside.
Although the damage appears minor, the entire wall may have to be replaced, said Ricardo Malone, regional manager.
However, repairs are not expected to cause any interruption of service, he said.
“The wall is along the path to the bathrooms, so even if it has to be completely replaced, we will still be open for business,” he said.
Malone said the franchise store would use its normal contractor to complete the work, but he did not know when that would be or how much the repair would cost.
“It needs to be repaired, though, because if it rains, rain would come into the store due to the hole there, but it is not a safety hazard to customers,” he said. Police and firefighters responded to the accident scene on Monday.
Fuller was issued only a citation for no current proof of insurance, according to Derby Police Department records.
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