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Coffee stand workers get jolt

Building, 2 cars totaled; Thursday accident under investigation

Posted: Friday, July 25, 2003

Two employees of Coffee Time Espresso in Kenai are glad Diana Forslund stopped by for an Americano and a bagel Thursday morning.

While Forslund sat at the drive-up window in her 1999 Toyota RAV4, another car seemingly came out of nowhere and smashed into the Toyota, sending it halfway into the little wooden coffee stand.

Joy Carr, 19, and Katie Wells, 21, both of Kenai, were working inside when the crash occurred.

"We both fell down," Wells said.

"The whole floor shifted. Oh man, if she (Forslund) wouldn't have been there."

According to Kenai police, Judy French, 39, of Kenai, reportedly lost consciousness while driving her 1990 Chevy Cavalier eastbound on the Kenai Spur Highway, jumped the curb and plowed into Forslund's vehicle.

"The next thing I knew, there was this huge impact ... glass. I didn't see a thing," Forslund said.

"It was very quick and awful."

French was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

No charges have been filed at this time, said police Sgt. Scott McBride. Both vehicles and the building were totaled. The accident is under investigation.

Kenai City Council member Jim Bookey, who owns the coffee shop, said the shop will not be reopening anytime soon.

"It twisted the building so bad, the whole front will have to be removed," he said. The building is insured.

"I was just concerned about my workers. I'm glad they're OK," Bookey said.

Clarion photographer M. Scott Moon contributed to this report.



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