The owner of Bean Here Now coffee reacts to the damage caused by a reversing vehicle on Victoria St. on Friday afternoon.

Nobody injured in Nelson coffeshop crash

Police believe driver error caused a van to reverse into Bean Here Now on Victoria St., toppling it over

Mitch Kushner was chatting with one of his customers at Bean Here Now Consciousness Cafe on Victoria St. on Friday afternoon when a minivan crashed through his fence, reversed over his porch and smashed into his business. It narrowly missed a pedestrian.

“I was inside the trailer doing my business and there was this van accelerating really fast,” Kushner told the Star, on scene shortly before 3 p.m. “It went through the post and the fence we just finished building and it hit me. My whole place got knocked over to a certain degree.”

Kushner and the 66-year-old male driver were uninjured.

“I’m shook up. I’m worried about my future,” said Kushner, who was searching through the wreckage for his cell phone. When asked what it will take to get his business going again, he shrugged despondently and offered a single-word response: “money”.

Cst. Jarrett Slomba said driver error is responsible.

“The driver it’s believed he accelerated versus using the brake for quite a period of time and got his foot stuck there. We’re still investigating, but all indications are it was driver error.”

The fire department was on scene to assist with Kushner’s exit and to stabilize the trailer. Thor’s Pizzeria has started a donation fund for Kushner next door.

Just Posted

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Nelson council gives next council a raise

Size of increase disregards advice of appointed committee

Four-storey development slated for Hall-Front intersection in Nelson

Building will be mixed commercial and residential

UPDATE: Search for missing Cranbrook woman enters third day

The search for a Cranbrook woman missing in the Jumbo Pass area is entering its third day.

VIDEO: Monday Roundup: Aug. 13, 2018

The Nelson Star’s weekly news roundup

Liberals look at creating federal holiday to mark legacy of residential schools

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said day to recognize painful legacy would boost understanding

RCMP deploys officers to help B.C. communities impacted by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to communities particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

B.C. gangster charged after man allegedly beaten with a golf club

Langley man facing aggravated assault charge after incident allegedly involved golf club and machete

Are you Canada’s next Masterchef?

Home cooks looking to follow their cuisine dreams can apply now.

Regional climate adaptation agriculture testing to expand in B.C.

Ottawa funds farm projects to conserve water, remove invasive species

VIDEO: B.C. RCMP officers excel in Amazing Race Canada Heroes Edition

Courtney and Taylor Callens have become the team to beat

‘Can’t erase history’ by tearing down statues, Minister says

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke on the contentious removal of John A. Macdonald

Most Read