A Lycoming Creek Road business, 2310 Apparel, sustained devastating damage early Tuesday morning when a 45-year-old woman lost control of her southbound SUV which plowed into the structure as she and her boyfriend, a passenger, fought with one another in the vehicle, according to Old Lycoming Township police.
The crash involving Heather James, 45, of 3731 Lycoming Creek Road, and Nicholas Cardenis, 57, of Carnesville, Georgia, occurred about 12:05 a.m., police said. Both were taken by ambulances to UPMC Williamsport, where they were treated for their non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The two were involved in a domestic disturbance and at one point, Cardenis allegedly “jerked the steering wheel,” causing James to lose control of her 2011 Jeep Compass, which went off the road and crashed into the business at 2310 Lycoming Creek Road, police said. The vehicle went through a brick wall and traveled 25-30 feet into the structure before coming to a stop, police said.
Township and city firefighters — along with police and ambulances — rushed to the scene to investigate a report of “a vehicle into a structure,” according to reports.
“The rear of the structure appeared to be knocked off its foundation, making it unsafe to occupy,” police said.
The building will have to be shored up and repaired, and the township’s codes and zoning officer will have to inspect the site before the clothing business can resume operations, police said.