Car smashes into Phinney Ridge Starbucks; driver nowhere to be found (PHOTOS)

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SEATTLE — A popular Phinney Ridge Starbucks was closed early Monday morning for latte, cappuccino and any other orders after a truck smashed through the storefront overnight.

Now, police are looking for the truck’s driver.

Firefighters were called to a report of a truck into a building sometime before 3 a.m. in the 300 block of North 67th Street in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle.

Emergency crews discovered a newer model black pickup broke a guardrail and smashed into a popular Starbucks store adjacent to Red Mill Burgers. The driver of the truck was nowhere to be found, firefighters said, and it appeared they left the scene.

No injuries were reported in the crash, but the Starbucks was heavily damaged.

The manager of the Phinney Ridge store said the same thing happened at the location three months ago. Occupants will not be able enter the building until structural engineers deem it safe.

Police are investigating the crash.


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  • Skip

    Our Seattle Fire Dept does a great job! They are responding several times a day (and all Night) to these kinds of reckless driving accidents in every corner of Seattle.

  • CharleneBlake

    There is a BIG hidden secret in the auto industry…it’s called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I know…you thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or “driver error,” right? That’s certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON’T!

    These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.

    What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.

    What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they’ve TRIED it!

    Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.

    Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn’t want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

    Charlene Blake