For the second time in less than two years, an out of control car has struck and damaged a health and fitness club in a strip mall on Naperville’s far southwest side.
No one was injured in the most recent crash, in which the car sustained significant damage and an exterior pillar and storefront window pane were slightly damaged.
The latest crash occurred about 4:25 p.m. Thursday at the Midwest Fit Club at 5019 Ace Lane, near the southwest corner of 111th Street and Route 59.
The driver of a black, four-door Mercedes S 500 apparently lost control of the vehicle in the parking lot. The car slammed into a red brick pillar and came to a halt within inches of the club’s windows, where several pieces of exercise equipment are located.
The airbags deployed during the crash, and the vehicle sustained major front-end damage.
At least one Naperville Fire Department truck and an ambulance were sent to the area, along with two Naperville police squad cars.
A police officer on the scene said investigators as of 5 p.m. had not determined how the crash occurred. A man identified as the manager of the club declined to comment on the situation.
It marked the second crash into the building in just under two years. The first occurred about 2:10 p.m. Dec. 14, 2011, when a Cardinal Fitness center occupied the storefront.
In that matter, police said an 80-year-old Naperville woman mistook the accelerator of her red, four-door BMW 325i sedan for its brake. Police Cmdr. Ken Parcel in 2011 said the woman “thought she was depressing the brake,” and the car hit the building because she was “actually applying the gas.”
The car’s front end shattered two large, plate glass windows and came to a stop after striking and displacing several treadmills and other pieces of equipment arranged in a row parallel to the windows. Shards of broken glass went sailing into the club and onto its floor.
A handful of patrons and employees were inside the club at the time, but all escaped injury.
It is possible tickets will not be issued in connection with Thursday’s crash, as it involved property damage that occurred on private property.