Heather Randolph stopped in front of the Blac -N- Bleu Bistro and stared at the large hole and shattered glass left after witnesses said a driver jumped the curb and drove his white Toyota Corolla completely inside the restaurant on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m coming to work,” she said, as a way of explanation to nearby onlookers.

Then she paused as she surveyed the damage, fellow employees, police officers and crowd in attendance.

“I guess I’m not working,” she said.

Police said the driver, Raymond Sees, drove his car through a section of the glass exterior in front of the bistro located at 1700 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

The crash, reported at 3:15 p.m., resulted in two people sustaining minor injuries as a result of flying glass, police said.

Kristin Koens owns the Blac -N- Bleu Bistro with her husband, Todd Koens.

Kristin Koens knows the injuries could have been worse.

“I’m happy it was slow time here because we would have a lot more people at those tables,” she said.

Roseburg police officer Patrick Moore said a preliminary investigation showed the driver’s recent foot surgery was a contributing factor in the crash.

“That caused him to be unable to negotiate from the gas to the brake and back appropriately in time,” Moore said. “He hopped the curb with his foot stuck on the gas.”

No citations were issued in connection with the crash, Moore said.

Paxus Calta was sitting with a friend next door on the patio of My Coffee when the crash happened.

“We heard this scraping noise of the car jumping the curb,” Calta said. “Then we saw the car drive up and through the glass.”

Randolph, who is a bartender for Blac -N- Bleu, learned of the crash from her daughter as she was getting ready for work.

When she arrived, the damage was more than she expected.

“I thought somebody hit a brick,” Randolph said. “I did not expect this.”

As of Thursday morning, an employee at the bistro said the glass panel was patched and the restaurant was open for business.

This is the latest in a series of similar car crashes into buildings since March 2018.

Among the most notable:

In June of this year, a car smashed into the building housing the former Roseburg Beauty College, sending the driver to the hospital.

In March, a Roseburg broker escaped injury after a Ford-250 pickup crashed into Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Real Estate Professionals on Northwest Mulholland Drive in Roseburg. Police said the driver lost consciousness shortly before the crash.

In December 2018, a car crashed into Pete’s Drive-in and caught fire, causing extensive damage and forcing the popular eatery to shut down for several months. Owners Darrell and Andrea Orth rebuilt the drive-in and reopened in time for Grafitti Days in July.

In July 2018, an elderly woman crashed into the outpatient lab for CHI Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, forcing it to be shut down for a few months so the building could be repaired.

Mike Henneke can be reached at mhenneke@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4208. Follow him on Twitter @ihenpecked.

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Mike Henneke has been working in newspapers for nearly 30 years. Dad of 5 kids, send more snacks.

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bohica13

I'm not talking about "All ages!" I'm referring to elderly drivers who have diminished reflexes due to age. I doubt if the ten people run over by 89 yr old

George Weller , and the more than 70 who were injured at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market in Calif. in 2003 cared much about his transportation woes. He had a history of driving incidences prior to killing those people including a baby in his carriage. Driving is a matter of safety, not convenience or inconvenience.

Safety1002

Could not happen if the driver had been trained to use the Left Foot Braking Method. This right foot pedal error is committed 40,000 times each day, 60 car-building crashes and 5 pedestrians die. Right foot pedal errors are committed by drivers of ALL ages and gender. There is no scientific support for the 'killer' right foot braking method. Why won't GHSA run the scientific study comparing the two methods? Tradition and Testosterone can be a terrible thing.

bohica13

Mr Sees is 90 yrs old! Why is he driving PERIOD? He could have easily killed someone. Driving after foot surgery? WHY this country doesn't mandate mandatory driving tests after 70 is beyond me. Numerous people are killed every year by elderly drivers who have no business behind the wheel of a car.

Old Tobi

Probably driving because the alternatives are so few and far between, possibly because he'd have to move to access them. I'd love to stop driving but its almost impossible to arrange one's life to accommodate losing transportation. People are killed by drivers of all ages who shouldn't be driving but, over the last hundred years, our lives mandate driving. Non-drivers have trouble functioning. So focus on why we don't develop alternatives to driving, not on the folks who retain their independence by observing the status quo.

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