A sonic boom.
That’s what at least one employee of the County Market Health Mart Pharmacy in Hannibal thought when a vehicle struck the building in April.
On Thursday, exactly 24 weeks after the previous incident, there was no guessing game when a customer’s car struck the front of the structure, located at 5 Diamond Blvd.
“Everyone knew exactly what it was this time,” said Matt Maxwell, the pharmacy manager.
Neither the driver of the car or anyone inside the store were injured in the mishap that happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Damage was comparable to the April incident.
“I think it pushed the wall in further,” said Maxwell, adding that the point of impact was a “few feet over from the last time.”
“It damaged the building more than me. I was wearing my seat belt,” said the woman driving the car, who declined to provide her name. “I’m just really shook up.”
The “almost 80” woman stressed that up until Thursday her driving record was spotless.
“I’ve been driving for 64 years and I’ve never had an accident,” she said. “I’m sure I hit my brakes. A lady coming down the road behind me said she saw my brake lights on.”
The woman was dismayed by the damage done to the front end of her Toyota.
“I was hoping this car would last me the rest of my life,” she said.
As was the case in April, when an 87-year-old man’s pickup hit the pharmacy while attempting to stop in order to drop off his prescriptions, Thursday’s accident involved a customer.
“I come here two or three times a month,” she said. “I was here to pick up a couple of prescriptions.”
Phone messages left at the Hannibal Police Department seeking a preliminary cause of the accident were not returned.