The wall outside of the Carrollton Centre was damaged Saturday afternoon by a 2017 Chevy Silverado. Loren Nelson, 79, was parking his truck when he pressed the accelerator instead and crashed into the building. (Photo by Annie Mehl)
The wall outside of the Carrollton Centre was damaged Saturday afternoon by a 2017 Chevy Silverado. Loren Nelson, 79, was parking his truck when he pressed the accelerator instead and crashed into the building. (Photo by Annie Mehl)

July 29, 2019

A man was parking his car Saturday afternoon at the Carrollton Centre when he pressed the accelerator and smashed into the brick wall in the front of the hotel and restaurant.

Loren Nelson, 79, who was attending a wedding taking place at the Carrollton and arrived to the venue around 3:30 p.m. When he went to park his 2017 Chevy Silverado, he instead sped up and hit the wall.

A police report said the crash caused about $20,000 in damage to the building, although Rachel Brotherton, general manager at the Carrollton and Charlie’s Steakhouse, estimated that the cost to fix the damage would be quite a bit more.

Carroll Police Chief Brad Burke said the crash was an accident and the driver was not drinking and wasn’t charged or cited in the crash.

“This happened on private property, so we cannot issue any traffic citations,” Burke said in an email. “It will all be handled through the insurance companies.”

Kevin Smith of Twisted Entertainment in Denison said he was getting ready to close the door to the ballroom inside the Carrollton when he heard a loud crash and ran outside.

“It all happened so fast that everyone was in shock of what just happened,” Smith said. “We just heard a loud boom and ran outside, and it was an elderly couple in a blue Silveradao, and I talked to them to make sure they were OK. The gentlemen was a little disoriented.”

Brotherton said the fire marshal inspected the building after the accident and had the hotel board up the wall in order to keep the business open.

“No one was hurt, thankfully,” she said.

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