November 27, 2014

Elyria
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Car hits brick wall, damages building

ELYRIA — A motorist who drove his Mazda sedan into an apartment building’s brick wall said he blacked out while he was pulling into a parking space in front of the building.
Police and firefighters were called to 326 Sixth St. about
7:30 p.m., where they found the driver, a 74-year-old man, already out of the vehicle and uninjured.
The man said he wasn’t sure exactly what happened, only that he “blacked out” before running into the building.
The apartment building sustained damage to a chunk of brick wall, while the man’s car also sustained some front-end damage.
Lorain Fire Capt. Joe Pronesti said firefighters were worried about structural damage to the building, so an official from the Elyria building department was called to inspect the damage.
The man’s car plowed straight into the east side of the building and punched a sizable hole in the brick facing just below a window. The car broke through the exterior brick and the interior masonry, Pronesti said.
No one inside the building was injured, but firefighters roped the area off and kept out the tenants in the apartment directly above the impact site.
Pronesti said building department officials would have to inspect the site and ensure it was safe for residents to return. 
The apartment complex has two brick buildings that sit next to each other, and they’re both owned by New UC Partners LLC in Euclid.
The apartments are among the block of properties that Elyria school officials are in the process of purchasing so they can tear them down to make way for a new Elyria High School.
The apartment owner could not be reached for comment, so it was unknown whether the damage would be permanently repaired or simply jury-rigged until the school buys the buildings and demolishes them.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.