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Steinway Piano among businesses struck by cars in Hinsdale

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 4:12 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:47 a.m. CST

HINSDALE — Either Steinway Piano is unlucky, or someone is on a mission to plunder some pianos.

Steinway Piano, 120 S. Washington St. in Hinsdale, was the victim of two car accidents within two days last month. Both the accidents occurred shortly after the store opened.

“I just heard a loud bang and then there was a little red Honda Civic sitting on the sidewalk outside that just barreled right into the corner of the building,” sales manager Diane Duncan said of the first incident on Feb. 21.

While that car struck mostly brick, the second crash on Feb. 23 did the most damage.

A small amount of snow had built up and formed a ramp effect for a car that was pulling into a parking spot directly in front of the entrance doors. Duncan was with a customer at the time of the accident as glass suddenly showered the showroom floor.

"He thought it was rather unique and said he would never forget his purchasing experience," Duncan said. "We've had people tell us that they didn't realize Steinway was a drive-thru and you know, the jokes go on and on with it. So we're having fun with it."

While the situation then just seemed unlucky, it has evolved into what may be a curse on the city street.

On Monday, a Mercedes SUV struck the storefront of the former Zak's Place, 112 S. Washington St., just a couple doors down from Steinway Piano. The 61-year-old driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to police reports.

No one was ticketed during the Feb. 21 or 23 incidents.

"The same thing happens just a few doors down from us and it's like, OK, what's going on on Washington Street?" Duncan said.

Steinway has a temporary door set up and is expecting custom doors to come in a couple months. Duncan said they can laugh about it now, but at the time, everyone was just thankful the drivers and anyone walking nearby weren't injured.

"We cleaned up and none of our pianos were harmed and no one was hurt, so we're all good to go here," she said.

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