LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Crews started cleaning up a mess at the Salvation Army chapel off McGregor Boulevard. WINK News confirmed that a driver who slammed her SUV into the building on Saturday is being cited for careless driving.
The damage could cost up to $100,000. It has yet to be determined. The impact broke through the concrete wall and sent heavy pieces of debris flying into the air.
Salvation Army Resource and Volunteer Specialist Kris Volpone rushed to the scene over the weekend. She says if this happened any other day, it could of turned tragic.
"Just blessed that it was the day the one day, of all the days there was no one here. It was the only day. The week before was Vacation Bible School with all the little kids here. The very next day would have been church," she said.
Luckily, no one was hurt. and Sunday services was held elsewhere.
According to the Lee County Sheriffs Office, a 48 year old woman was driving the white Sequoia on Davis Drive towards Mcgregor Blvd.
The woman told deputies she somehow lost control of the vehicle and slammed into the building. Deputies say she is at fault for careless driving.
As for the Salvation Army, it's also picking up the pieces. It's unclear right now how much of the driver's insurance will cover the damage, which could add up to $100,000.
The Salvation Army is accepting donations to help cover the damage, and is also getting bids for service.
Thanks to the cleanup, services will resume at that location, as scheduled.