WESTERLY — An investigation has determined that a medical emergency caused a motorist to lose consciousness Saturday afternoon before his vehicle struck a Granite Street business.
The police said the man, David Oliveira, 66, of Westerly, suffered minor injuries. Police Chief Shawn Lacey said there was no structural damage to the building, although the crash left a hole in the exterior wall outside Pier Cleaners.
"The driver was taken to be thoroughly checked following the incident," Lacey said. "No charges will be filed."
According to a police report, Oliveira was northbound on Route 1 in a Ford Mustang at around 2 p.m. in the area of 165 Granite Street when the accident occurred. The car veered off the roadway directly into the lot at Supreme Pizza, and hit the side of the building. Officers spoke with several witnesses who had seen the crash.
Oliveira told police he had turned right from John Street and began coughing before blacking out. He told officers he awoke only after the crash.
Building inspectors were notified and assessed the damage, Lacey said, and determined that the crash did not cause any significant structural concerns.