Hit and Run Accident Damages Rear Entrance Door at Danielle's Espresso Cafe
A hit and run accident in Maple Glen rendered the rear entrance door to Danielle's Espresso Cafe unable to close securely.
After a hit and run accident in Maple Glen, the rear entrance door to Danielle's Espresso Cafe was unable to close securely and a special medical/driver examination was recommended for the operator of the striking vehicle.
An Upper Dublin Police officer was dispatched to Danielle's Espresso Cafe, 1967 Norristown Rd. in Maple Glen, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:23 a.m., for a report of a hit and run accident that damaged a rear entrance door, that had just occurred.
According to Upper Dublin Police reports, the officer met with Danielle Van Dam, the business owner, who reported that a delivery driver had parked his truck at the rear of her business to make a delivery. The rear entrance was reported as being propped open by a door stop and the delivery driver was standing in the doorway. Allegedly, a silver crossover vehicle driven by an older female struck the door and kept driving along behind the shopping center towards N Limekiln Pike.
Van Dam reported that she attempted to run after the vehicle, but could not catch up with it. She told police that she is familiar with the vehicle's operator because the operator is allegedly a regular customer of her business.
Damage was caused to the door from being struck by the vehicle.
According to Upper Dublin Police reports, the officer also met with the delivery driver, who reported that he had parked his truck at the rear door to Danielle's Espresso Cafe to make a delivery. He also stated that the rear door to the cafe was open and said that a silver vehicle allegedly attempted to pass his truck on the passenger side. The delivery driver told police that the vehicle struck the rear entrance door to the cafe, causing damage to the door.
According to the report, the operator of the striking vehicle went into Danielle's Espresso Cafe to purchase coffee just prior to the arrival of the police and remained on scene to speak with the police.
Police spoke with the driver of the striking vehicle, identified as Eleanor Quinn, who said she was driving her vehicle, a silver Subaru, behind the Maple Glen Shopping Center as she normally does in the morning and was heading to the Giant Food Store at the other side of the shopping center. She told police that saw the delivery truck and believed she had enough took to pass the delivery truck.
Quinn said that when she saw the rear door close, she did not think that her vehicle struck the door. According to the report Quinn said she was not attempting to flee the scene and was made aware that her vehicle struck the door when she went into Danielle's Espresso Cafe to purchase coffee.
The officer reported that he observed moderate damage to the rear door of the cafe that allegedly prevents the door from closing securely. The officer also observed minor damage to the passenger side front fender of Quinn's vehicle.
The officer reviewed Quinn's PennDOT driver history and noted that she was allegedly involved in six motor vehicle accidents between June 1987 and December of 2008. According to the report, the officer sent a local police recommendation for a special medical/driver examination to PennDOT, taking into consideration that she was unaware that her vehicle struck the door during this incident and her accident record.