A man reportedly driving under the influence crashed into Barnard’s Schwinn on North Avenue late Thursday night, causing severe damage to the bicycle shop, which is believed to be Oak Park’s oldest family-run business. The driver, a 44-year-old Elmwood Park resident, has been charged with a DUI and ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, as well as for not having proof of insurance.
The vehicle collided with the brick single-story commercial building at 6109 W. North Ave. at about 10:20 p.m., Nov. 11. The driver was found inside the vehicle by an Oak Park police officer who heard the crash while patrolling nearby, according to Oak Park spokesman David Powers, who stated the officer was on the scene “almost immediately.”
The vehicle’s only occupant, the man was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood for evaluation and treatment. Powers told Wednesday Journal he was later released to Oak Park police.
Due to the substantial damage from the crash, the building will likely have to be demolished, according to Powers. Wednesday Journal has reached out to Barnard’s Schwinn for comment.