Car crashes into Mickey Mart

Stacey Hartley • Jul 28, 2019 at 10:05 PM

WAKEMAN — Repairs are being made to the Mickey Mart/Subway/Shell store, after a car crashed into the building early Friday morning.

The state highway patrol responded to the scene at about 1:45 a.m. where a white car and its female driver had flipped, then slid, crashing into the building.

Heather Clark, a manager at Mickey Mart, said when she awoke to an alert from the store’s alarm system, she didn’t expect what she clocked into. 

“I got an alarm call this morning (at around 2 o’clock),” said Clark, who’s worked at the location since November, “I just thought it was a robbery.”

“If it (alarm system) detects something, it just thinks it’s a burglary . . . Automatically,” she explained.

The manager added she was thankful that no third-shift workers were there, as they may not have fared too well like the doughnut stand, coffee and milkshake machines that were struck when the car hit the store.

Clark said  “Everyone’s trying to get it all fixed up. We’re just trying to get it open — get it back to normal as quick as possible. We just hope whoever it was is OK.”

When compared to people who could’ve been hurt, Clark considered the damages to be minimal losses. 

“No one was here . . . so, thank goodness,” she said lastly. 

Clark wasn’t the only surprised party to come by the store, as Greg Cox of Elyria surveyed the damage when he came to the Mickey Mart for ice.

“I always come out here to make my stop,” said the long-distance biker.

Cox, who turned 64 on Wednesday, goes on a 150-mile ride to-and-from Elyria twice a week. 

“When I first came by at about a quarter of nine, I saw that they had shut off the (gas) main and pumps . . . Yeah, that was about two hours ago,” said Cox.

Tending to the mains and construction was a five-man crew from Cole’s Energy, led by Director of Maintenance Eric Barnicle.

“We got the call pretty close to 2 (through the company’s contract with Shell gas stations,) . . . So we responded, and have been here since,” said Barnacle. 

He also shared a video of the accident and photos soon after it, before construction began. “(There were) supposedly all minor damages, so that’s good,” Barnacle added.

The driver was transported to the Fisher-Titus Medical Center by Wakeman’s Citizen’s Ambulance Service, about 30 minutes after the emergency services were dispatched at 1:45 a.m. Authorities are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. No other details of the driver’s condition have been released.

The Mickey Mart/Subway/Shell is located at 52 W Main Street in Wakeman, and is currently open.

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