The driver of a car traveling at a high rate of speed on Rte. 7 in the early hours of Saturday morning lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into the building at 239 Danbury Rd.. The accident left the driver with non-life threatening injuries and will result in the temporary closure of the building’s three tenants–Reiki Asian Bistro, Naked Greens and Rose II Nails & Spa.
According to police, officers responded to the report of a one-car motor vehicle accident at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, March 25. The vehicle had been traveling northbound on Rt. 7, crossed the southbound lanes and traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking the commercial building at 239 Danbury Road.
The building’s owner, Rick Tomasetti of BHT Realty, says as far as the structure is concerned, it’s almost worst case scenario.
“He took out the worst possible spot. That’s where the electric service comes into the building, that’s behind Naked Greens’ utility closet–so he took out their water heater, he took out their furnace, the main disconnect for the building comes in there. All the tenant sub-meters are in there, and they’re all just mangled,” he tells GMW, as he surveyed the damage Saturday morning.
Not only is the exterior and structural damage significant as a result of the accident, the building now has no electrical power and Naked Greens was flooded.
However, it could have been even worse, Tomasetti says.
“There’s a steel column right there on the corner. If driver had been two feet over to the left, he would have hit that steel column. He would have been in a bad way, a really bad way. For himself, he hit an okay spot; for the building, not a great spot,” he says, noting that if the driver had crashed into one of the store fronts instead of the utility space, he likely would have gone further into the building and caused even more destruction. He adds he that hopes the driver of the car is well and is just thankful that no one was in the building at the time.
A police spokesman says the operator of the vehicle was transported to Norwalk Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No personal details about the driver or information as to whether alcohol was involved is being released presently, as the accident is still under investigation.
Judging by the debris and damage left behind, however, it’s not hard to see that the driver was likely going very fast. In addition to pieces of the car still left on the side of the road, there are two deep gashes in the asphalt where the car landed after jumping the curb and landscaping between the road and the building.
BHT Realty is currently working to restore power to the building tenants as quickly as possible. Tomasetti said contractors worked from noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, cleaning up debris, removing damaged elements, reconstructing one of the damaged partitions, and providing a temporary enclosure for the utility area. The electrical contractor will be on site Monday to start installing new service, and while there’s not an exact estimate of time to restore power Tomasetti believes it will be later this week.
“We ask all Wiltonians for their continuing support of Naked Greens, Reiki Asian Bistro and Rose Nails,” he says, adding that the neighboring building at 237 Danbury Rd. was not affected and Blue Star Bazaar, the tenant in that building, is open for business.