Car crashes into River Forest salon

Driver rear-ended another car, then careened through intersection

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A man crashed his car into a River Forest salon mid-day Friday, destroying the front of the shop. There were no serious injuries reported.

Leroy Warshawsky of Oak Brook, 77, was driving the black Honda Accord that crashed into James Anthony Salon and Day Spa at the corner of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue just after noon.

River Forest police Sgt. Mike Thornley said Warshawsky was driving westbound on Lake Street and rear-ended a woman's Mini Cooper in the intersection's left turn lane, then careened through the intersection to smash into the front of the salon.

Warshawsky told police that his leg fell asleep while it was on the accelerator.

No one was seriously injured, Thornley said, though Warshawsky was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in an ambulance as a precaution. Warshawsky was ticketed at Loyola for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

His car, however, appeared to be totaled. It had a large dent in its grill, and it had clearly bent a large metal support pole in the storefront.

The woman whom Warshawsy rear-ended at the intersection appeared to be fine, and there were only scuff marks on her car's bumper. That woman declined to be interviewed further.

Jacie Owens, a nail technician at the salon, said she was giving a pedicure just a few feet away when the car crashed through the window.

"It was like a movie," she said. "It was so loud — I thought the speakers were blown."

Thornley said the police department thought only traffic tickets would be issued to the man, as in any other accident.

James Anthony's building, on the corner of Lake and Lathrop, has been targeted by the village for redevelopment. A plan for that block to be razed and rebuilt — possibly with some cash from the village — is expected to come before the village board before the end of 2010.

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Poopy Head from Los Angeles  

Posted: December 10th, 2013 8:52 PM

I am sorry I know what happened....

LA from Oak Park  

Posted: October 18th, 2010 12:52 PM

I'm so glad no one was hurt. I've had my nails done there--in that very window. The people that work there are very nice and they created a nice environment for customers. I hope they can resume business soon.


Posted: October 17th, 2010 10:11 AM

Never too old to Rock & Roll Says my buddies Jethro Tull!


Posted: October 17th, 2010 10:08 AM

Oy....too old to drive.Thank God nobody was seriously injured.


Posted: October 16th, 2010 9:28 PM

James Anthony Salon was first phase of the Lake and Lathrop demolition by the Village Board. Look out Anne%u2019s, Cigar Oasis, and Tulpia, a village dump truck is coming your way!

MikePeterson from vancouver,wa  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 5:53 PM

I know Mr Warshawsky and I am so glad that he didnt injure himself or anyone else.Its definately a scary thing to hear about and my best wishes go out to the shop owner,employees and customers who were affected.I love you lots Leroy...take care of you.

Glynne from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2010 7:54 AM

Oh I am so glad no one was hurt inside the salon.


Posted: October 15th, 2010 10:06 PM

I wish i were like Muriel and never made a mistake

muriel from schnierow  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:55 PM

When you cant drive DONT!

Lydia from Oak Park  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 4:40 PM

Wow, that must have been scary. Hope no one was getting a pedicure anyone near the window.

David W. Ristau, Maui from Lahaina  

Posted: October 15th, 2010 3:13 PM

Glad to read everyone OK.Still, though, the crash would make an interesting YouTube item

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