Two painters working on the renovation of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop near Richmond, Va., were injured when a minivan crashed into the building on Tuesday.
WTVR, Richmond, Va.
|The minivan crashed into the Krispy Kreme shop, injuring two painters, according to news reports.|
The workers, who were not identified in news reports, were taken to VCU Medical Center in Richmond. The driver of the minivan, Jay James Bertrand, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless driving. He was being held Wednesday in the Henrico County, Va., jail, with bond set at $2,500.
The workers’ injuries were reported to be “non-life-threatening.”
| Jay James Bertrand|
|Charged in accident|
A news report from the local CBS TV affiliate said the minivan was traveling east on West Broad Street in Henrico County when it turned left, went across the sidewalk and lawn and crashed into the building. One of the painters was reported to be pinned between the vehicle and the building.
A video of a news report on the accident can be viewed at Van Crashes into Krispy Kreme. According to the report, one painter, a male, fell about 20 feet after the impact of the crash knocked his ladder over. The other worker, a female, was pinned between the vehicle and a shattered window.
A witness, also reported to be a contractor, told the TV news reporter that the driver appeared to be dazed and confused after the accident. “He said ‘I don’t know what happened,’” the witness said.
Meanwhile, the driver, Bertrand, was arrested later in the day Tuesday after he was involved in another accident. News reports said police could not locate Bertrand at the hospital where he was taken following the Krispy Kreme accident. He reportedly refused treatment at the hospital, then apparently was driving another vehicle that ran into the back of a car.
Bertrand, who was reported to be the co-pastor of a Baptist church, told police he was taking a muscle relaxant, a news report said. Police said he failed a sobriety test.
The painters were completing renovation work at the Krispy Kreme shop, which had been scheduled to reopen Wednesday. The opening was postponed indefinitely, according to a report quoting a Krispy Kreme representative at the company’s headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C.