Minor damage occurred to Posh jewelers when an elderly driver drove over the concrete parking spot bumper and ran into the building wall at Loreto Plaza on Wednesday afternoon. A firefighter happened to be having lunch on the patio 10 feet away, reported the City Fire Department, and ran to the driver and passenger in the white two-door sedan to assess their condition. Both were fine, as were the many pedestrians in the shopping center, which includes Chaucer’s Books, Harry’s Plaza Cafe, and Gelson’s Market.
A fire engine and ladder truck came to the scene from a City Fire station nearby, bringing with them a heavy rescue vehicle in case the building structure had been damaged. It was found not to need stabilization. The incident is being investigated by the Santa Barbara Police Department.