A 30-year-old Costa Mesa woman who ran a red light on Friday morning
and got broadsided by another car escaped injuries after her pickup
truck hurtled backward, felled a palm tree and then barreled through
a toy store window, officials said.
Maria Carmen Sanchez was driving eastbound on Coast Highway toward
Laguna Beach at about 6:05 a.m. when she went through a red light at
the intersection of Marguerite Avenue, Newport Beach Police Sgt.
Steve Shulman said.
She was in turn hit by 28-year-old Newport Beach resident
Stephanie Gayle Roberts who was driving her Honda Civic northbound on
Marguerite, he said.
"The impact of the crash spun the pickup truck backward," Shulman
said. "The vehicle then went up the curb, knocked down a palm tree
and went into the store."
Neither of the two women was injured, although both cars were
damaged, he said. No drugs or alcohol were involved, and Sanchez got
a citation for running the red light, Shulman said.
Gary Naumann, owner of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, said his store
lost a few toys and a big window. On Friday afternoon, workers were
boarding up the window.
The timing couldn't have been worse, the toy store owner said.
"It's barely a week before Christmas," he said. "But fortunately,
we're going to be able to board up the window, paint it white and put
something on it so people know we're open for business."
The store was able to open right on time on Friday, Naumann said.
"I got the call at about 6:30 a.m. from a neighbor here," he said.
"It's not a call you want to get. But we were able to get some people
here in the morning, shoveled the glass, vacuumed the debris and
opened our doors to customers."
The crash caused some serious damage, Naumann said.
"It wasn't just the glass that broke," he said. "We also lost the
frame and everything on that side."
This is the third time the store, which opened in 1995, has been
hit, Naumann said.
"The first time, it happened three days after we opened this
store," he said. "Someone rear-ended a car and it went through our
The second accident occurred when the city was cutting down ficus
trees in the area, Naumann said.
"A big chunk of a tree hit our window and broke it," he said. "But
the good thing is, no one got hurt. And we managed to stay open for