MONTECITO HEIGHTS — Heritage Square Museum officials today are assessing the damage left behind by a driver who plowed his vehicle through the front gate and crashed into the facade of the museum’s gift shop early Sunday morning. The front of the Palms Depot, built in 1875, was struck by the vehicle, cracking windows and destroying some furniture.
The crash occurred early Sunday morning around 3 a.m. Nearby residents reported hearing the sound of a vehicle speeding up and then crashing into the fence and then the depot building. Rivas says that the driver of the vehicle did return after the incident to formally apologize to the staff. “So that is a small consolation,” said Jessica Rivas, director of education and volunteer programs.
According to the police report the driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries.
The museum grounds near the 110 Arryo Seco Parkway feature several Victorian-era buildings that have been relocated from other others part of Los Angeles.
Rivas said it’s too early to put a price tag on the damage to the building and contents, but she said the damage is severe, including the destruction of a recently restored roll top desk inside the gift shop.
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