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Car shatters piano store window.

Byline: Eric Florip The Register-Guard

When David Lawson arrived to work on Wednesday afternoon, he was greeted with an unpleasant, yet familiar sight - a car in the showroom of his piano store, surrounded by shattered glass.

Just before noon Wednesday, 78-year-old Jane Gale Hiers had driven a blue Chevrolet Impala over the curb and through the front window of Lawson's Keyboard Center at 2504 Willamette St., destroying a $30,000 grand piano and damaging an interior wall. It was the second time in 18 months that a driver had crashed through the window, Lawson said.

"When you've been in business for 30 years, you've seen it all," he said.

No one was injured in the accident, which was caused either by a driver error or an auto malfunction, Eugene police spokeswoman Kerry Delf said.

Hiers, who was visiting from Florida, was driving a rental car. She will not be cited, Delf said.

Kaylen Lawson, a store employee and family member, was sitting at her desk behind a wall when the car came through the window. She said she didn't see the accident right away, but heard the crash.

"It was very loud," she said. "It was like a brick going through the window, times a hundred."

David Lawson said the driver's insurance would cover the cost of the damage.

But despite the close call, he said, Wednesday wasn't all bad for the store.

"The silver lining is that we've sold some pianos today, whether or not it was a result of our `remodeling sale,' ' David Lawson said.

Lawson said the store will keep its normal hours during the repairs, which are expected to take a few days.
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Title Annotation:Accidents; No injuries are caused by the crash, but a $30,000 grand piano is destroyed from the vehicle's impact
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 9, 2007
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