Camas, WA — Ali Alquraisha, the owner of Camas Produce, said his store plans to be open in about one week after a large portion of his business was demolished following Thurday’s night SUV accident.
Camas Police said that Terra Stark, 39, of Camas, accidentally put the car in drive while parked at Camas Produce, and plowed through the front center of the building. Her teen son was in the vehicle with her.
”It went all the way into the store,” he said. “Fortunately, nobody inside was hurt.”
Several people, including the tow truck team, spent time Thursday cleaning up debris and boarding up the store. Alquraisha said they need time to rebuild, which will require a city inspection before they can re-open.
”There are so many great people in this community, and they ask how they can help us,” he said. “You can help us by coming back next week and shopping here. We are so grateful for you.”
He said right now they’re going through the process of contacting Stark’s insurance company, and figuring out where to go from here. She was driving a corporate fleet vehicle.
Stark is an active member of the community, and is always willing to lend a helping hand. Her two sons are active in local sports.
Her husband, Ben, reported this morning that “she’s fine” but wouln’t elaborate any further.
“She was issued a traffic infraction, and is still under investigation for DUI,” said Debrah Riedel, Camas Police Public Information Officer. “There will be no arrests or further charges until we get blood results, but she was obviously impaired. And, she wasn’t cooperative with any statements. When we have probable cause for DUI we do handcuff a person, but it may take a few days or even weeks pending blood test results before we know anything conclusive.”
Several witnesses say that prior to the accident, Stark was in attendance at a middle school basketball parent meeting where she was “red-faced, had slightly slurred speech,” and “kept dropping papers.”