, Salem, MA

May 4, 2013

Unoccupied car rolls into Salem store

By Bethany Bray

---- — SALEM — The Sunny Corner Market on Lafayette Street was closed yesterday after a car rolled into the store, causing significant damage.

Police say an unoccupied Dodge Stratus rolled backward down an incline on Loring Avenue, across Lafayette Street (Routes 114/1A), struck the curb and traveled across the sidewalk, coming to rest against the building at 335 Lafayette St. just before 8 a.m. yesterday.

The car had been parked, locked and the transmission was in neutral, police said. Several witnesses, including a market employee, told police the car was unoccupied as it rolled into the store.

The impact of the car’s rear bumper caused “extensive” damage to the store front, police said. Salem Building Inspector Thomas St. Pierre ordered the store closed until repairs could be done to make the property safe to enter.

The Dodge Stratus was towed from the scene and police cited the vehicle’s owner for failure to secure the car’s braking mechanism.