Three injured after minivan crashes into Arvada Kmart store

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ARVADA, Colo. — A minivan crashed through a Kmart store in Arvada on Tuesday afternoon, injuring three people.

It happened about 2 p.m. at 9881 W. 58th Ave. Arvada police said the van crashed through the block wall on the west side of the store.

“Boom, zoom, pow,” said Larry Jones, describing what he heard as the green minivan plowed into the store just a few feet from him. “Instead of hitting the brake, he hit the gas and jumped right over the curb, right through the building.”

“I don’t know what had happened, but I just know that he’s a really, really good person,” said LouAnn Guerrero, a friend and neighbor of the 41-year-old driver.

Arvada police said they were still investigating what led to the crash, including whether the driver might have been under the influence or suffered some type of medical episode. Guerrero said doctors were examining the man.

“More than likely he had a seizure,” Guerrero said.

By the time he stopped, the van had plowed through the children’s department and more than 70 feet into the store.

  • Vehicle crashed into KMart in Arvada, Colo. Photo credit: Arvada Fire District
  • Vehicle crashed into KMart in Arvada, Colo. Photo credit: Arvada Fire District

Two female employees were injured. Guerrero, who ran inside to check on her friend, watched as first responders treated one of the employees for a serious injury. According to police none of the injuries was life-threatening.

“The ladies when they took them (out of the store), one of the them was giving a thumbs up, so she looked good,” Guerrero said. “Thank God that everybody was all good.”

Seeing the damage left behind, everyone from first responders to onlookers said they were grateful nobody died. Guerrero said that includes her friend behind the wheel.

“He seemed to be OK, but of course (he was in) a lot of pain,” Guerrero said. “I don’t think he really knew what was going on. I think he was a little confused.”

Crews patched the wall of the store, which is expected to open for business on Wednesday morning.

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