Police say the driver of a white pickup truck ran a stop sign at 82nd and Aberdeen at around 10 p.m. Monday night, crossing 82nd Street and smashing into the side of Evergreen Cleaners and Computer Professional Repair on the 5200 block of 82nd.
Police have identified the driver as Coronado High School graduate Chase McAlister, 21, who lived only a few blocks south of where the accident took place. McAlister was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
All police officials know at this point is that the truck was headed northbound on Aberdeen and McAlister was not in control of his vehicle before crashing into the building. They are unsure of the exact cause of death and whether or not he died prior to crashing into the building. Police suspect drugs and alcohol may have been involved in the accident.
Accident investigators say they now have to wait for the autopsy before determining the exact cause of death, speed of travel and exact cause of the accident. That's expected to take three weeks.
Computer Professional Repair, one of the stores that was hit, had clients' computers that were destroyed after the accident took place. The company advertises itself as a one a place to go when your computer needs to be fixed. After each repair has taken place, they stored them in the front corner of the store, the exact place where the pickup truck crashed. One of the workers told us the accident caused a significant loss of computers.
The other store, Evergreen Cleaners, took the brunt of the damage. A 3-foot hole in the wall was created by the pickup, but did not affect any of their equipment. Today the store had bricks lying on the floor but remains open for business.
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