Driver plows car into midtown Anchorage coffee stand, takes off on foot

A driver crashed their car at high speeds into the side of a midtown Anchorage coffee stand. Photo courtesy of Common Grounds Espresso.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Employees at a midtown Anchorage coffee stand were met with a partially demolished workplace Friday morning, after video captured a vehicle smashing into the structure at high speeds.

Michelle Duncan, owner of Common Grounds Espresso, said that the crash happened at around 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 26.

"Thankfully it happened an hour before we open, so no one was inside, but the damage is really significant," Duncan said of the structure, located on the Old Seward Highway near E. Dowling Road.

According to Duncan, the extent of the damage, and how much it will cost to fix, is not yet known. "We're still assessing the sitution, trying to see what can be salvaged," she said. The main damage was dealt to the coffee stand's water supply structure.

Duncan said that, following the crash, the driver of the vehicle was seen getting out of their car and walking away.

MJ Thim, spokesperson with APD, said that when they arrived on the scene, they found the vehicle, a green Kia Soul, with the door open and the key in the ignition. The driver was nowhere to be seen.

Due to this, Thim said, no arrests have been made, and police can not say at this time whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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