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A car jumped the curb and smashed into the Community Services Consortium building in downtown Corvallis about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, but both the driver of the vehicle and the occupants of the building escaped injury.

The driver was pulling into a parking space in front of the building at 545 SW Second St. when the accident occurred, according to Officer Ryan McPartlin, of the Corvallis Police Department, who investigated the crash.

“It appears to be one of those things where he mistook the brake for the gas,” McPartlin said.

McPartlin said no one was hurt and no citations were issued.

The driver’s name was not immediately released. (On Thursday, police identified the motorist as John M. Ramirez, 60, of Albany.)

The vehicle, a red 1998 Buick Century sedan, had a crushed right front quarter panel and other damage and had to be towed from the scene.

The crash damaged the building as well, shifting part of a wall and leaving a basketball-sized hole and a spiderweb of cracks in a picture window.

Just on the other side of the window is the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center, a nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income people.

Director Aleita Hass-Holcombe was one of about 15 people in the center at the time of the accident.

“There was a big crash and everybody went, ‘Who dropped something?’” she said. “Then we realized what had happened end everybody went, ‘Oh, my goodness!’”

It was lucky nobody got hurt, she added.

“It happened in the corner where our nurse and health navigator work Wednesdays and Fridays,” Hass-Holcombe said. “Fortunately, they were only here till 11.”

The building also houses the Community Services Consortium and Corvallis Pain Management.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.


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