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Keizer Building Smashed by Car for the Second Time

The same building was struck by a driver fleeing Salem Police in 1992. Unlike that incident, today's crash did not involve a fatality.

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(KEIZER) - Keizer Police officers responded to a report of a crash at 3380 River Road North, Dan’s Pawn Shop, Friday at 12:10 AM. A motor vehicle had crashed into the building, and a person calling 911 said the driver was trying to leave the incident.

Keizer Police Captain Jeff Kuhns says officers arrived on scene within three minutes and were able to contact the driver before she left. Kuhns says she was identified as 23-year old Carly Mamizuka of Salem. She had been operating a black 1996 GMC Sierra pick-up.

"Although our investigation into this matter is not complete at this time, initial information from a witness indicates Ms. Mamizuka had been traveling southbound on River Road at a high rate of speed before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into the business."

Kuhns says she was transported to the hospital by paramedics for treatment of what are believed to be minor injuries, and issued citations for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, and for Driving Uninsured. Kuhns says there were no other occupants of the vehicle.

"There was extensive damage to Dan’s Pawn Shop; however dollar estimates are not available at this time. The owner of the business responded to the business and took steps to secure the building. Ironically, this is not the first time Dan’s Pawn Shop has been the victim of such an incident."

On May 16th, 1992, an officer from the Salem Police Department was in pursuit of a motor vehicle that crashed into the building. That particular incident ended in the driver’s fatality. The officer who responded to investigate that incident, David Babcock, also responded to investigate today’s incident.

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