An elderly man sustained moderate injuries Monday (Aug. 6) afternoon when his car suddenly veered within feet of a store entrance, drove along a sidewalk and then rammed the side of semi-trailer truck in downtown Los Altos. No others were injured in the accident, according to police.
The incident occurred at 2:52 p.m. when the injured man attempted to drive his gray Buick Electra out of the parking lot adjacent to Walgreens, 303 Second St., and onto Second Street. Instead, the car inexplicably jerked left in front of the store entrance and rammed into an 18-wheeler parked alongside the business to facilitate a delivery.
The Electra’s driver, the only occupant of the car, suffered a head injury, and an ambulance crew transported him to the hospital, said Sgt. Steve Spillman of the Los Altos Police Department. The man does not remember what transpired before the accident.
“We really don’t know what caused him to drive on the sidewalk and careen into the side of the trailer,” Spillman said.
There were two men working inside the truck’s trailer when the crash occurred, but they were not injured, Spillman said.
The force of the impact wedged the Electra under the 18-wheeler and shattered the windshield. Passersby and Walgreens shoppers approaching and leaving the store watched with interest as Santa Clara County Fire Department firefighters helped a tow truck driver wiggle the car around so it could be dragged with a winch cable out from under the 18-wheeler’s trailer. Afterward, part of the car’s hood remained attached to the trailer and other auto parts littered the road. Hummus and coffee creamer containers lay scattered on the sidewalk where they fell after the impact destroyed the cart upon which they had been stacked.