All things considered, says Dolce Baking Co.’s owner Erin Brown, it could have been a lot worse.
Brown received a call in early hours of Monday morning from Prairie Village police letting her know that an out-of-control Ford 150 had blasted through the front of her popular Village Shops store. No one was inside the store at the time of the accident, and no shopping center patrons were injured. The driver’s status is not known.
The accident will require a complete rebuild of the store’s exterior wall, but Brown said she anticipates having the bakery back up and running Tuesday.
“The kitchen is fine and we’re baking away,” she said. “We’ll board up the front wall. We’ve got one support beam we’ve got to make sure it okay, but I think we’ll be open tomorrow.”
The timing of the accident appears to be fortuitous. The bakery is closed to the public on Mondays. Had the accident occurred any other day, Brown said, her staff would have been clocking in.
“They probably wouldn’t have been in the area where the truck hit,” she said. “But still.”
Moreover, a group of men typically meet on the patio outside the bakery at 5 a.m. after Starbuck’s opens. Luckily, they weren’t outside this morning, Brown said.
“That would have been right in the path of the truck,” she said.
Brown said the response of friends of fellow bakers has been overwhelming.
“We’ve had three bakeries call to see if there’s anything they can do,” she said. “All of the staff’s husbands have been volunteering to help clean up.”
The truck plowed a hole through three sets of landscaping before running into the store:
It’s not the first time a speeding vehicle heading north on Mission Road has run the curb after crossing 71st Street. In May 2011, a 24-year-old being pursued by police hit a tree in the area and died. In December 2011, a drunken driver hit a streetlight just east of the building where TCBY and Dolce Bakery Co. are located.
(We’ve got a call in to the PVPD for details about the crash itself).