Sedan crashes into Panera Bread, mayor-elect helps in aftermath

Todd Bennett/ Staff
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 1:05 PM
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Cadillac crashed into Panera Bread on Robert C. Daniel Parkway during Wednesday's lunch crowd sending four, including the driver to area hospitals.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
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Cadillac crashed into Panera Bread on Robert C. Daniel Parkway during Wednesday's lunch crowd sending four, including the driver to area hospitals.

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A Cadillac crashed into Pane­ra Bread on Robert C. Dan­iel Jr. Parkway during lunchtime Wednesday, sending four people, including the driver, to hospitals.

Trooper 1st Class Ben Rollins, of the Georgia State Pa­trol, which is handling the accident, confirmed the number of victims but indicated that none of the injuries appeared life-threatening.

Still, it was a jarring experience for some inside the restaurant, whose patrons included Augusta mayor-elect Hardie Davis. Davis was eating lunch with four friends just feet away from where the car struck the building.

“It’s been some kind of day,” Davis said Wednesday evening. “There were five of us sitting there talking when this happened.”

Davis said he went outside the establishment and placed the vehicle - which was still in drive at the time - into park, before praising a member of his lunch party.

“Mike McCollum was the hero,” Davis said of his friend. “He was great, in helping the driver.”

Trooper Rollins said the female driver, who was not identified, was trying to park the sedan when she ran over the handicapped-parking sign instead and crashed into the front window of the business.

A relative of the driver said she was going to be fine but was being checked by doctors as a precaution. The relative did not identify herself.

Chronicle Staff Writer Susan McCord contributed to this story.

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countyman
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countyman 08/13/14 - 01:57 pm
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Augusta Exchange

The Panda Express just opened next door, but haven't seen anything mentioned yet..

It would be nice if the media could focus on the eye-catching articles and normal everyday life in Augusta... The Augusta Exchange is booming and the construction doesn't seem to be important to the media..

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/13/14 - 02:08 pm
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How many businesses in that

How many businesses in that area have folded up in the past few years?

foxsilong
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foxsilong 08/13/14 - 02:15 pm
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Countyman here's the link

Panda express was mentioned here. Hopefully this helps.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2014-05-22/shop...
Chronicle does work on a lot of stories on new businesses, but not every single business gets a front page on the newspaper every time.
And here's the coverage from Buzz on Bizz
http://buzzon.biz/2014/05/panda-express-opening-in-augusta-exchange/

countyman
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countyman 08/13/14 - 02:48 pm
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Augusta Exchange

''How many businesses in that area have folded up in the past few years?''

Nowhere close to the amount of businesses that have opened in the past few years.. Since 2010 probably around 5-7 businesses have closed.. The Sports Authority, Goody's, Tony Romas, Whoa Nuts, Borders, Circuit City, Sticky Fingers, etc... All of these businesses ran into financial trouble nationally except for Whoa Nuts(local business) and closed multiple locations throughout the US.. All of the businesses are now occupied except for the Sports Authority..

Here's a list of the new businesses in the area since 2010.. The Panda Express, Utla, Genghis Grill, Christmas Tree Shops, Cheddars, Carolina Ale House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hobby Lobby, Asian Tin Drum Cafe, Kirkland, Frutti Tutti, etc...

Augusta Exchange area growth in 2014:
1. Twin Peaks opening in the former Sticky Fingers
2. Harrington Park & Health on Pleasant Home road
3. Panda Express next to Atlantic Bread Company
4. MacAualy-Brown Inc new office in the Atrium at 3633 Wheeler road
5. Residence Inn by Marriott at 1110 Marks Church rd
6. Augusta Orthopedic Specialist at 1290 Interstate Pkwy
7. Northwester Mutual on Walton Way Ext next to Home2suites hotel
8. GRU office expansion on West Wheeler Pkwy
9. YMCA outdoor sports complex
10. New office building on Walton Way Ext next to Northwestern Mutual
11. Zaxbys at 3680 Wheeler rd
11. Benton House(assisted living facility; 43k SQ. FT.) at 1164 Interstate Parkway

countyman
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countyman 08/13/14 - 02:49 pm
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Double standard!!

I applaud the Augusta Chronicle for creating the article... The residents of RC shouldn't have to seek out the positive articles when they're bombarded constantly with negative articles..

The new restaurants in Columbia County somehow get the front page on the Augusta Chronicle...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-04-25/chi...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-07-17/for...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2013-12-03/coo...

I only want the media to be fair and the coverage particularly of South Augusta is the total opposite..

jrsc429
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jrsc429 08/13/14 - 02:50 pm
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let's focus on the story

Anyone forget that a car ran into the front of a restaurant? Let's focus on the story. Those involved in the accident may be someone you know.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/13/14 - 04:08 pm
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Goody's, Tony Roma's and

Goody's, Tony Roma's and Circuit City all closed in 2009, not 2010.
Cheddar's opened in 2009, not 2010.
Where can I find "Utla", "Frutti Tutti" and "Atlantic Bread Company"?
And Panda Express isn't even in the same building as Panera. It's across the street.

Only ONE of the business you mentioned that have opened since 2010 (Buffalo Wild Wings) was new construction, meaning another business folded for that one to have somewhere to go.

Your facts sure are cloudy and blurred when you are making points, yet any time someone else wants to they have to be accurate to the syllable.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/13/14 - 03:41 pm
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@jrsc429

What more is there to talk about? 4 people injured, all are okay. My guess is that it was a case of pushing the wrong pedal to stop.

jrsc429
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jrsc429 08/13/14 - 04:38 pm
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I agree

I agree with bdouglas. My point is that others are talking about the businesses in the area (current and former) and I feel not showing concern for those involved in the accident or when Panera will be fully operational.

countyman
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countyman 08/13/14 - 04:41 pm
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Augusta Exchange

The phrase 'opening next door' was in reference to the entire area and not the Panera shopping center..

I'm using my cell phone and didn't have time to check the spelling of every word... The Cheddar's represents new construction in the Exchange.. The corporate at Twin Peaks is demolishing the former Sticky Fingers and building a brand new restaurant..

All of the developments below are new construction...

1. Harrington Park & Health
2. Residence Inn by Marriott
3. Augusta Orthopedic Specialist
4. Northwestern Mutual
5. GRU office expansion
6. YMCA outdoor sports complex
7. New office building next to Northwestern Mutual
8. Zaxbys
9. Benton House

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Dixieman 08/13/14 - 04:49 pm
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So...

It would be really interesting to know how many, if any, of the injured were in the car and how many, if any, inside the restaurant? Possibly the most interesting part of the story.
Also, is it permissible in 2014 to note that this was a woman driver?
Let the two-minute hate of Dixieman begin!

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nocnoc 08/13/14 - 05:54 pm
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We need to seriously look at

Banning any vehicle with more than 4 horse power, It was enough for our founding fathers. Bikes can get us around quick enough, there is no need to have the ability to travel 70mph when 5 mph is fast enough.

Think of the 33,500+/- lives it could each year in the USA

We need to more carefully do background checks before allow just anyone of age and a clean record access to such a deadly item.

We need to Ban Assault Vehicles...
Only the government needs Assault Vehicles

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/13/14 - 07:38 pm
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Double Standard!!!!

Is Charlie Brown's teacher posting from Atlantic Bread Company?

Does the Augusta Exchange now extend from Washington Road to Wrightsboro Road and From Berkmans Road to Columbia Road? (eyeroll)

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/13/14 - 08:32 pm
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I wonder who posted this on 6/23/14

Augusta Exchange
The Cyber Command at Fort Gordon is already beginning to attract the private sector... MacAulay-Brown Inc opened a new office in the Augusta Exchange(Atrium building at 3633 Wheeler road) area..
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/23/idUSnGNX8WLC7x+1dc+GNW20140623

The Augusta Exchange offers the best chance to create the metro's first edge city..
1. Panda Express next to Atlanta Bread Company
2. Residence Inn by Marriott at 1110 Marks Church rd
3. Augusta Orthopedic Specialist at 1290 Interstate Pkwy
4. Northwestern Mutual on Walton Way Ext next to Home2suites hotel
5. GRU office expansion on West Wheeler Pkwy
6. YMCA outdoor sports complex
7. New office building on Walton Way Ext next to Northwestern Mutual
8. Zaxbys at 3680 Wheeler rd

Seems rather redundant don't you think>

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/13/14 - 08:34 pm
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Just to clarify..

Edgefield is the only Edge City in the field...

The development in the Sweetwater area is just... EXPLOSIVE!

Pops
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Pops 08/13/14 - 08:57 pm
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There are other stories

coming from Augusta Exchange......remember a few weeks ago with the drive-by shooting.....the one with the "teens" involved......

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/13/14 - 09:29 pm
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Pops..

Don't forget the Best Buy incident where the Marine working the Toys for Tots Duty clothes-lined a would be shoplifter and was then stabbed!!!

The Augusta Exchange is just a den for criminals!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/14/14 - 07:39 am
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Is AE seeing an increase in problems?

Sounds like a good story, that is worthy of being addressed by the Commission and RCSO.

While Augusta Exchange is way better than downtown The CREEPING VIRUS is already starting to creep into the AE area from surrounding shopping areas.

Dewy Long best said it when he was asked why he robbed banks?
"Because that's where the $$$ is."

As $$$$ moves due to Crime, Crime follows where $$$$ has moved.

Crime would not follow as quickly and easily, if Rezoning understood the ramifications that Large Apartment complexes and the location on Low income housing present to the spread of crime.

Just look at Richmond Hill Rd. and the other frequently listed Apartment complexes in the CRIME REPORT section of the AC.

Airman
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Airman 08/14/14 - 07:57 am
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Old Fashioned reporting

A sedan, just glad it was not a 57 Chevy Woody. Then the story calls it a Cadilac. Then a Raver calls it a car. Dont you just love variety

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/14/14 - 08:40 am
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What??

Is this a story about a car hitting a building or is it about growth in Richmond county?? So hard to tell with ctyman comments.

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 08/14/14 - 08:58 am
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Not appropriate

Bragging about business openings is not appropriate. This is about a poor woman who wrecked her car and a building. Have some concern about those involved and thank God no one was hurt.

Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 08/14/14 - 08:59 am
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I meant to say no one was

I meant to say no one was badly hurt. There were some that were hurt. Let's think about them.

countyman
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countyman 08/14/14 - 12:16 pm
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The Augusta Exchange is still

The Augusta Exchange is still safer than any shopping center in North Augusta...

The incident involving the marine happening in November of 2010.....

I think some people are only jealous because exit 5(North Augusta's best chance to attract national retailers) is nowhere close to being on the level of the Augusta Exchange...

The 3 mile household income of the Augusta Exchange was $66,767 in 2013...

The estimated 3 mile household income of the Sweetwater development in North Augusta will be $66,910 IN 2017...
http://www.fletcherbright.com/sites/default/files/demographics/Sweetwate...

This is why the bias comments against Richmond County are hilarious every time..

KSL
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KSL 08/14/14 - 12:56 pm
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That is assuming the Irish

That is assuming the Irish Travelers are reporting all income.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/14/14 - 08:20 pm
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Bridgestone!

More than 850 new jobs and a greater than $2 Billion (that's 9 zeros) investment!

It's just 6 short miles from the Bridgestone Plant to the most important retail development in the MSA.

Edgefield! The most outstanding Edge City in the Field!

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/14/14 - 08:43 pm
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Belks!

NA has a Belks... does Augusta?

I think NOT!

And a MEDAC... and MULTI-USE Facility that includes a baseball stadium!

dwb619
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dwb619 08/14/14 - 09:13 pm
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Safety of North Augusta shopping centers

Would countyman kindly point out the rampant assaults occurring on the citizenry shopping in North Augusta/Belvedere/Sweetwater?
And, a news flash, if any of us on this side of the river "craved" that type of development we would move to Georgia.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/14/14 - 09:34 pm
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"The Augusta Exchange is

"The Augusta Exchange is still safer than any shopping center in North Augusta..."

LOL!

"I think some people are only jealous because exit 5(North Augusta's best chance to attract national retailers) is nowhere close to being on the level of the Augusta Exchange..."

I think some people are grasping at straws. I think no one has ever even remotely claimed that Exit 5 is anything remotely similar to Augusta Exchange.

"The 3 mile household income of the Augusta Exchange was $66,767 in 2013...

The estimated 3 mile household income of the Sweetwater development in North Augusta will be $66,910 IN 2017..."

I don't know where your numbers come from, but your beloved City Data website lists the median household income of the Augusta Exchange area (which I figured from the immediate areas on both sides of 520 and south of I-20 and rounded to the nearest 100) as $54,500, and the median home value of the same area is $136,000.

WHEREAS, figures for both sides of Highway 25 at Exit 5 immediately north of I-20 in North Augusta (figured using the same method as I did for AE) show median household income as $81,200, with the median home value of $197,500.

If you're playing along at home, that has all those 'jealous' people at Exit 5 earning $25,000+ more than those in the AE area, living in homes worth $60,000+ more than those in the AE area. Not to even mention the fact that you're trying to compare the largely urban/suburban AE area with a largely rural area at Exit 5. Facts are pesky things. You're welcome to check behind me using the methodology I described on the City Data website.

"This is why the bias comments against Richmond County are hilarious every time.."

This is why the bias [sic] comments for Richmond County from Countyman(n) are hilarious every time..

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/14/14 - 10:02 pm
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News Nugget!

I would be remiss if I didn't report that The Back Porch is open for business just off of the beautiful Belvedere Clearwater Road!

Thanks to dwb619 for the reminder....

dwb619
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dwb619 08/14/14 - 10:12 pm
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BBQ

And the new BBQ Butts at the Belvedere Mall.i.e., Highway 25 and Belvedere-Clearwater Road.
Belvedere's "SMOKIN"!

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