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Driver hits stone foundation at golf store

A blue Honda Accord spun and smacked into the stone foundation of a golf store on U. S. Highway 50 around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday .

The driver, Benjamin Botto, a 17-year-old from South Shore, was turning left from Lodi Avenue into the westbound lane of U. S. Highway 50 when he collided with a 1992 light blue Subaru sedan going east.

After the collision, the 34-year-old driver of the Accord, Shannon Williams, had chest pain and was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital by her husband. Botto complained of neck pains at the scene.



“There was a big thud and mirrors and several other things fell off the wall,” said Jonni Gstettenbauer, employee of International Discount Golf and Winter Sports. “Then I called 911.”

Police at the scene indicated that Botto was at fault in the wreck.



“The young man was coming out of Lodi trying to make a left turn,” said South Lake Police Officer Rich Hogbin.”The other car was going eastbound in the fast lane. You’re better off going down to the next light than trying to turn left out of here. We’re lucky we didn’t have a head-on when this car went flying across the road.”

Williams’ car rolled into the westbound lane of U. S. Highway 50 after the crash coming to rest on top of a “No parking” sign on a grass island near Tallac Professional Center.

Jim Pittelli, a 38-year-old electrician, said a utility truck was in the right hand lane going eastbound on U. S. Highway 50 when Botto attempted the left turn.

“He came out in front of a utility truck and hit her,” Pittelli said. “He spun completely around and went up into the building. I was (driving) behind the whole thing. After they hit she rolled through the center lane. It was a stop between lights so nobody hit her.”

No part of the golf shop was damaged besides a few crushed juniper trees. The building’s stone and cement base only got a scratch. Both vehicles suffered severe front end damage.

“This corner, especially in the summertime, seems like there are fender benders every day,” said Mark Lucksinger, owner of the golf shop. “But we never actually had a car up on the property before.

“It really needs a signal light … but everybody’s OK, that’s the good part.”


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