Car slams into Henrico art studio & school

By Curt Autry - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – An elderly woman, reportedly with one foot on the brake, another on the gas slams into an art gallery in Henrico's west end.

The "For Art's Sake" gallery & studio, on Patterson Avenue near Parham, was virtually gutted by this accident. The car ended up inside the studio, and as devastated as the owner of the gallery is, he's thankful this accident happened on a Friday.

This isn't just a place where people buy & sell art; it's also an art school - where more than a hundred students a week come to learn to fundamentals of painting.

Owner Hugh McCreight was in the back-room when he heard what sounded like an explosion. He rushed to the front of his gallery to see a car inside the building with an elderly woman at the wheel.

She was unharmed. There were no other injuries, which was really a stroke of good look. Had it been any other day than Friday, this story could have a tragic ending.

"There would be 17 or 18 students inside here on a typical day - that would be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But like I said, Fridays are our off day - so if it was gonna happen, it was a good time to happen," said McCreight.

Hugh has spent the afternoon cleaning up the mess. It's too early in the process to get an exact figure on how much it will cost to clean up his gallery.

It's unclear what charges, if any, the driver of the car will face.

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