Talk about twin strokes of luck.
A car that blind-sided a Morristown pedestrian on Saturday was traveling slow. And nobody was home when another vehicle turned a storefront into a drive-through early on Thursday.
As a precaution, a 62-year-old Morristown man was taken to the hospital after being struck at low speed by a car exiting a driveway onto South Street, police said.
The victim had been walking in front of the 10 Madison Ave. complex around 11:13 am on March 28, 2015, when he was hit by a Toyota Prius driven by Juan Medina, 35, of South Orange, said Police Lt. Stuart Greer.
Medina told Officer Brendan Murphy that he was pulling out of the complex to turn onto South Street and did not see the pedestrian prior to the accident, according to Lt. Greer. The driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
An ambulance crew from the Morristown Fire Department transported the victim to Morristown Medical Center. The man complained of minor pain in his shoulder, back and leg; he was taken to the emergency department for precautionary evaluation, Greer said.
Meanwhile, authorities are investigating details surrounding a vehicle that drove through a vacant storefront early on Thursday.
The vehicle came down Maple Avenue and kept going at the T intersection, through the window of the former Accents on Knits store at 55 Market St., said building owner Harry Simon. It happened around 1 am, he said, though he did not discover it until he came to work in the morning at his Simon Gallery.
“I got a call from a friend of mine… he asked me if I saw the knitting shop,” Simon recounted. “I said no. He said, ‘You better take a look at it.'”
The vehicle blasted through the facade and another wall inside the store — which, luckily, has been vacant since Dec. 31, 2014.
If the vehicle had been going a little faster, Simon speculated, it might have sailed clear through the building and landed on Bank Street.
Simon owns several buildings on that block, in a zone designated for redevelopment, and he’s just hoping that bad things really don’t come in threes.
In February 2014, heavy snow caused a roof collapse at another vacant structure he owns, a few doors down from the former knitting shop.
“The silver lining Thursday is that, if there had to be a storefront driven through, I was just happy it wasn’t the Gallery,” Simon said.
His art gallery on Bank Street sits at the bottom of Ann Street — a very steep hill.