Car smashes into Stockbridge cafe's front window

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STOCKBRIDGE -- The early morning calm on Elm Street was shattered, literally, on Monday morning when a driver parking in front of a local cafe stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake, plowing into the establishment's plate glass window.

There were no injuries and police are investigating further before determining whether any charges will be brought against the motorist, whose name has not been released, said Police Chief Robert N. Eaton.

Stockbridge Building Inspector Ned Baldwin, surveying the damage soon after the 8 a.m. incident, said it was fortunate that no patrons seated at Stockbridge Coffee & Tea's storefront table.

By midday, after the plate-glass window was boarded up, he allowed the cafe to reopen in time for the lunchtime crowd, said owner Abbey Keith.

"It was a loud crash, but no one was close to the window," she told The Eagle. Keith was in the shop along with an employee and one customer, but far enough away from the storefront to escape injury.

"It was startling," she said, describing how the car came through the window and then backed up. "There was some structural damage to the wood but not to the degree that we have to close down"

Insurance will cover the cost of repairs, Keith said.

"These things happen and we're glad everyone's OK," he said. "Everyone has been very nice and helpful, so we're going to get through it just fine."

The cafe, opened in 2004, has been owned by Keith since October 2012.

The incident is under investigation by Stockbridge police officer Heidi Teutsch.

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