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No one injured after messy East Village crash in Cambria

Mike Wagner of Arroyo Grande, left, bought his Mustang a month ago. He heard the crash while shopping for antiques across the street.
Mike Wagner of Arroyo Grande, left, bought his Mustang a month ago. He heard the crash while shopping for antiques across the street. sprovost@thetribunenews.com

A driver heading west through Cambria’s East Village apparently fell asleep at the wheel, veered right and slammed into a pair of almost-new cars parked along the north side of the road Monday afternoon.

No one was injured in the crash about 2 p.m. across from the Redwood Center, when 80-year-old Gordon Smith fell asleep and lost control of his blue Honda Accord, CHP Officer Phil Knox said at the scene.

“It looked like he slumped to the right and may have pulled the wheel that way,” Knox said, explaining why the Honda wound up nearly perpendicular to the other two vehicles, wedged between them. “He fell asleep with his foot still on the accelerator. That’s why it did all this damage.”

The two parked vehicles were a green Subaru Forester owned by Carlotta McDonald of Cambria, who lamented, “I just got it in February. It’s brand new.”

He fell asleep with his foot still on the accelerator. That’s why it did all this damage.

CHP Officer Phil Knox

The other car was a red Mustang owned by Mike Wagner of Arroyo Grande, who was shopping for antiques across the street when he heard the crash. “Had this car for a month,” he said. “Forty years in the making, and I finally got another Mustang. This is my midlife crisis car.”

Wagner, who sports a full, white beard, said he had just ordered personalized license plates for the car reading, “ITSANTA,” but they hadn’t arrived yet. “I’ll have the license plates without the car,” he said.

Smith was inside a Cambria Community Healthcare District ambulance for about half an hour before walking away from the scene without further treatment.

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