Car careens into fence at day care; children OK

A passenger in a car that ran a red light at 12th Street and Grand Avenue, ending up in the playground of We Kare-A-Lot child care center, gestures to the photographer.

Two people were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and a child was treated and released at the scene after a Ford Escort crashed into the fence at a Grand Junction preschool We Kare-A-Lot Preschool on 12th Street on Wednesday morning.

The driver of the vehicle, 41-year-old Kimberly Case, received a ticket for running the red light, said Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department. She was traveling east on Grand Avenue when her Escort collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling south on 12th Street. Porras said she didn’t know Case’s hometown.

The impact, which took place about 11:30 a.m., spun the car and sent it into the fence at We Kare-A-Lot Preschool, 1159 Grand Ave., pushing it about 15 feet, Porras said.

About 15 children were playing outside at the time of the accident, and one was hit in the head by flying debris.

Stephani Schwettman, administration manager and co-owner of We Kare-A-Lot, said all the children are doing well, including the one treated outside for the bump.

“We are safe. Our playground is very safe,” she said. “Our fence stopped a car.”

Two people in the Escort were taken to the hospital.

The third person in the car was treated at the scene and released.

Immediately following the accident, the fence around the playground, which is well-known for its purple dragon, was replaced.

Schwettman also contacted a contractor to see about reinforcing the fence with extra poles.

This is the first time anything like this has happened, she said. Luckily, the children were not upset by the crash, but rather enjoyed the visit by the police and Fire Department.

“Anytime the fire truck and police come it’s a great day for them,” Schwettman said.


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