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Posted: 6:32 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Car drives into former nightclub in Huber Heights

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By Breaking News Staff

HUBER HEIGHTS —

A man was hurt when his vehicle plowed into the former Heat Nightclub building Thursday afternoon in Huber Heights.

Police and medics responded at approximately 6 p.m. to the crash at 6115 Brandt Pike.

Wade Rice, owner of the adjacent business Sit Stay N' Play Dog Park, saw the whole thing happen and called 911.

He said the van narrowly missed two parked cars and one of his customers, who moments earlier was walking across the parking lot.

The pit of my stomach just dropped," Rice said. "All of a sudden I see an out of control car flying through the parking lot. It ran right through the glass and right through the building."

As people arrived to pick up their dogs and saw the emergency vehicles, they were worried something happened at the dog park.

"Had he come this way, you know, I have a lot of dogs here that I'm responsible for. Thankfully it went into a building that was unoccupied."

The driver, who was disabled and used a wheelchair, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Sgt. Brandon Sucher.

The van was modified to enable the man to drive while sitting in a wheelchair. Sucher said the driver lost control when the wheelchair lock disengaged.

The vehicle traveled about 75 feet into the building after traveling a couple 100 feet across the parking lot.

Sucher estimated the vehicle struck the building going 30 mph.

"The subject was lucky not to strike anyone," he said. "It was a fairly occupied parking lot with folks shopping in the area. He's very fortunate to come away with only minor injuries."

The driver will not be cited because the crash happened on private property.

Building inspectors checked the building and the crash did not impact the building's structural integrity. The damage is expected to be boarded up.

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