Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Driver crashes car into window of meat store, then buys salami

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ERLANGER — When a car crashed into Stamm's Choice Meats on Tuesday morning, the noise caused Billy Stamm to think something had blown from all the cooking taking place in back.

        Then he saw the debris from the shattered glass and ruptured brick foundation. He saw his father, Bill Stamm, 61, hobbling from the ruined storefront.

[photo] After a car crashed into this store, Matt Vogelpohl (left) and Ralph Jones boarded up the front.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        “It was such a shock,” Billy Stamm said. “The driver just came right through.”

        He spoke Tuesday afternoon, while working at the store. His father already had been taken by ambulance to St. Luke Hospital West in Florence. He was treated for minor injuries.

        Mary Moffitt, 66, of Erlanger, drove the car that crashed into the butcher shop. She was not injured.

        After the crash, she picked up her order — salami and other deli meats — and drove home.

        Mrs. Moffitt told Billy Stamm that her gas pedal stuck as she approached the store. She was not ticketed. The front end of her car had minor damage, said Erlanger Assistant Police Chief Jeff Kennedy.

        Erlanger police said she was going 5 to 10 mph when she crashed into the butcher shop, 474 Erlanger Road, shortly before 10 a.m. Bill Stamm was standing near the front of the store, talking to a customer.

        His son, who is working at the store for the holiday season, said his father was saved by fiberglass fronting the butcher shop. His dad installed it after another car crashed into the store three years ago at Thanksgiving time.

        Mrs. Moffitt declined to comment.

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