Alaska State Troopers say a Wasilla woman with an instructional permit was at the wheel of a pickup truck, borrowed from a local man, that crashed into a store after a mechanical issue Wednesday night.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says 20-year-old Erica Magee was alone at the wheel of a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, owned by 31-year-old Camilo Nantes, when she struck the Valley Country Store at the intersection of Church and Seldon roads in Wasilla. Troopers received a report of the crash at about 7:15 p.m.
“She was not just driving in the parking lot -- she was driving in from a few miles away,” Peters said. “The damage to the exterior wall was minimal,” Peters said.
Store clerk Bonnie Homer says that while there wasn't much destruction, the pickup's impact came as a shock at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
"We felt an earthquake and a big boom," Homer said. "Apparently her brakes weren't working, and she went through the front of the building.
Homer says the truck left a roughly two-foot-wide hole in the front of the building, as well as a mess for store employees to clean up from nearby shelves which were knocked over.
The pickup apparently suffered a brake failure during the crash, but nobody was injured in the incident. Peters says Nantes was called to the scene to retrieve the truck.
Nantes has been issued a summons to appear in court, with troopers forwarding charges against Magee of driving in violation of an instructional permit to the district attorney’s office.