“Everybody thought it was us, huh,” said L. Dee Kiser, the owner of Millard’s Fur Service.
Kiser referred to the high-speed pursuit that ended with a white Honda Civic crashing into her next door neighbor, Cal Uniforms (located at 3755 Park Blvd.), at approximately 9 p.m. on April 4.
“[Regarding] the two males that were in the car, as soon as they regained their equilibrium, they climbed out of their windows because the doors were crunched,” said Carl Adrian, the sales manager of Cal Uniforms, “and they took off running down Robinson Avenue going eastbound, and then the cop cars chased them.”
Adrian was working only a few feet away when the car came crashing in and breaking some of the brick wall and the metal security gate.
A woman saw it happen across the street at the Trust Restaurant, and posted about it on her social media while having dinner with her family. “… both suspects took off,” she said, “then one collapsed up the street on Robinson Avenue by Crestwood Place.”
Initially, the woman mistakenly posted that Millard’s (which is next door to the left of Cal Uniforms), was the business that the car crashed into.
Another neighbor said that he ran outside after he heard a “loud” sound. He was at the corner of University Avenue and Park Boulevard; which is quite a few blocks away from the crash-site.
“The car was traveling on Robinson Avenue going east and they tried to make a left turn to go north on Park Boulevard,” Adrian said, “but they didn’t make the turn well enough and they missed the road and jumped the curb — and came right in front of the building.”
“[This happens] mostly because they come around the corner here going fast at the funny little turn,” Kiser said. Her business has been around since 1948 and she’s been a master furrier at this particular location since 1999, “we get a lot of accidents here.”
At this intersection, Park Boulevard comes to a bend, and coming into the avenue or out of it to Robinson Avenue or Indiana Street is confusing to some drivers.
“The speed when they jumped the curb was about 50 miles per hour,” Adrian said, “I don’t really believe that there was any brakes involved because there’s no tire marks on the sidewalk in front of the store.”
Both businesses said that nobody got hurt inside their businesses. The wife eating across the street said she saw some of the aftermath and posted her observations on her social media account. “The second person, a passenger, did get away,” she said. “The driver, who I watched take off running, was the one who collapsed in the street in a pool of blood.”
Adrian said that the police haven’t told him anything about the two who left their car in front of his shop, he did say that he overheard the cops talking, and that prior to the crash “the police had tried to pull this car over several blocks down for driving sporadically, and the car [driver] did not pull over and stop — instead the car [driver] took off.”
Kiser said that she is used to this; she has witnessed six accidents in front of her store, and about three years ago one vehicle wiped out the bus-stop seating and almost “took out two women” while sideswiping her metal security gate. “We are really sorry that our neighbor got it,” she said, “but happy it wasn’t us [this time].”
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on April 5, Adrian wanted to go home and get some sleep. He was up from the time of the crash the night before, until the next morning.
“The doors were broken open and people can walk in and we have uniforms here that are sensitive items," he said. He’s been selling firemen, highway patrol, policemen, security, and nurse gear with the company for over 13 years. Some items go for over $250. “So I sat here in the building and was a security guard basically.”