Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
WENDELL — Police issued a citation to the driver of an SUV who allegedly ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup Tuesday morning, causing the pickup to crash into a nearby chocolate store.
The resulting crash left a gaping hole into the front of Chocolates by Whitney — coincidentally directly beside a mural painted to look like a chocolate-dipped strawberry character was crashing out through the same wall.
"Yes, the irony of the mural can't be missed," the store posted to Facebook afterward. "You've gotta laugh or cry at times, and I think I'll smile."
According to the Wendell Police Department, officers were called to the intersection of Wendell Falls Parkway and Cook Street at 6:35 a.m.
A press release said the SUV driver, Glendarius Webb, 28, of Raleigh, was driving a 2009 Mazda SUV west on Cook Street and ran a stop sign at the intersection.
His vehicle crashed into a 2015 Ford pickup driven by 44-year-old Demetrio Madanda of Raleigh.
Madana's truck then crashed into the front of Chocolates by Whitney, damaging the side of the building that faced Wendell Falls Parkway.
Webb was treated for minor injuries at WakeMed hospital. He was also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.
The store said no one was inside at the time of the incident and that it hopes the injured driver is OK.
The post also said the store's landlord began making repairs on Tuesday and the store will remain closed for an unknown amount of time.
"Beside from the obvious hole in the wall, there was surprisingly little damage inside - just to my chocolates!" the post said.