No injuries were reported after a car crashed into a local vet's office.

No injuries were reported after a car crashed into a local vet's office.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


No injuries reported in St. Clair Shores veterinary office crash

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 28, 2019

“It could have been so much worse. Had it happened during our evening rush, it would have been pretty intense.”

Lynette Berent, receptionist at Nucci Veterinary Clinic

A 29-year-old woman hit the gas when her vehicle was in reverse instead of drive, crashing into the front of a local veterinary office after hours.

St. Clair Shores Police were sent to Nucci Veterinary Clinic, 31521 Harper Ave., around 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

Traffic Lt. Joseph Heythaler said that the woman was backed into a parking spot when she tried to leave.

“She was (pulling) out of her parking spot (and) thought she was in drive and hit the gas, but it was still in reverse and continued backward,” he explained. The vehicle “went over a parking block and struck the building.”

No violation was issued to the driver, a 29-year-old woman from St. Clair Shores, he said. 

Two out of the three large panes of glass in the front of the building were smashed, said Lynette Berent, a receptionist at Nucci Veterinary Clinic. 

“Gratefully, it happened about two hours after we closed,” she said. 

There were three giant cement planters in front of the business, she said, and the vehicle caught and pushed one of those in through the window along with the back end of the vehicle. A row of chairs in the lobby were pushed further into the building, as well. 

“It could have been so much worse,” Berent said. “Had it happened during our evening rush, it would have been pretty intense.”

She said no animals were harmed in the accident. 

The windows are currently boarded up at the office.

“Everybody was safe and sound,” she said.

In another, unrelated incident, Heythaler said St. Clair Shores Police did issue a violation to a 19-year-old St. Clair Shores woman who fell asleep at the wheel at 2:29 a.m. Oct. 28 and ran off the road.

“She was northbound on Harper (when she) fell asleep,” he said. “She ran off the roadway to the right, she struck a light pole” and then continued off the road at Cathy’s Homemade Goodies, 30910 Harper Ave., hitting a swing and a bike rack. 

Heythaler said no drugs or alcohol were involved in either incident. Neither driver was injured.