KENNEWICK -- A cookie stop for her 3-year-old daughter early Sunday afternoon had unexpected consequences for Lendora Peterson of Kennewick.
As she was bringing her blue 2009 Mazda sedan to a stop in front of Francisco's Bakery and Cake Shoppe on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick, Peterson's foot slipped off the brake, hitting the gas pedal.
Before Peterson could react, her car jumped the concrete wheel stop, the sidewalk and smashed into the glass door, breaking the picture windows on either side and shoving the wall about two feet into the bakery.
Oscar Virrueta of Kennewick, who was sitting at one of the cafe tables in the bakery, was happy he was facing the door.
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"I saw (the car) coming at me. I was scared out of my mind. I jumped out of the chair and ran over there," he said pointing at the display case at the back of the bakery.
The impact sent a large, square garbage container flying past Virrueta. It missed him but gouged a hole into the counter under the cash register.
Virrueta, nephew of the bakery owner, Francisco Mejia of Pasco, quickly checked on the occupants of the car, then called his uncle.
"I was at home, getting ready for church," Mejia said. "When Oscar called, I said, 'I hope it didn't hit the door, because you can operate with plywood on the windows, but you need a door.' "
Mejia quickly drove to the bakery, where he surveyed the damage and called police. Traffic Officer Mike Gaines of the Kennewick Police Department responded to the scene.
"It was just one of those things that happen once in a while," Gaines said. "Your foot slips off the brake, hits the gas and it does not take much to put the car in motion. There just wasn't time to stop it before it caused damage."
They didn't hit very hard, the air bags didn't even deploy. But it was hard enough to punch a hole inside the building.
"When you have a 4,000-pound car hitting light brick and glass, it does a lot of damage. It wasn't a very strong wall," Gaines said.
There was no substantial damage to the car, some damage to the hood, but to be safe, it was towed, Gaines said. Peterson was not cited.
After calling police, Mejia called the building's owners, Jack and Janice Hammon of Weston, Ore. The Hammons just happened to be in town to do some repairs at the cleaners, which is at the opposite end of the same building housing Francisco's Bakery.
Jack Hammon was at Lowe's when Mejia called.
"I hadn't even been gone from the building 30 minutes before Francisco called and said, 'the front's gone out of the building.' I couldn't believe it," Jack said.
The Hammons contacted 1st Choice Restoration of Kennewick, who sent a crew out to temporarily board up the front of the building.
Hammon said 1st Choice Restoration estimates the damages to the building between $40,000 and $50,000.
"They're going to try and get him reopened by next week or so, maybe put in a temporary door," Jack Hammon said. "We need to get him back selling donuts."
There was one good thing to come of the Peterson's abrupt stop at Francisco's.
Mejia gave the toddler her cookie, free.