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7/10/2014 8:08:00 AM
No one injured as car crashes through fitness center

Patrick Whitehurst
Special to the Tribune

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Glass and debris littered the floor of Snap Fitness in Prescott Valley Wednesday morning after a vehicle drove all the way through the 6455 North Viewpoint Drive establishment hours earlier. But they gym's owner said he expected to be able to re-open today.

According to Prescott Valley police, the incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. The vehicle, a green four-door Honda sedan, drove through the front door of the business and exited the rear of the building. The driver, 47-year-old Cindy Snyder of Prescott Valley, told investigators the crash occurred when her gas pedal became stuck as she pulled up to the business to work out.

No one was inside the gym at the time of the crash and the driver reportedly suffered no physical injuries, police said. Snyder drove her car home after the crash and notified police.

"We received a call about 2:30 in the morning from someone in the area who heard a large noise and thought maybe an accident had occurred," Prescott Valley Police Department Commander Art Askew said.

The driver of the vehicle, due to shock, was unable to provide a detailed account of the crash, Askew said.

"There were no signs of any impairment from the driver and the investigation is continuing regarding any potential charges," Askew said.

The building sustained heavy damage to the front and rear of the structure. Exercise equipment also was damaged in the crash, according to PV Snap Fitness owner Keith Conrad. A fence across the rear parking lot was also damaged.

By 10 a.m. the front of the building had already been repaired and crews continued work on the rear entry. Conrad said he planned to reopen the establishment this morning.

"We had the contractors out here at 6:30 a.m. We had the window guy out here at 4:30 a.m.," Conrad said. "Thank God no one was in here. That's the most important thing. The member who did it is perfectly fine too. She is a bit shaken up, but she's all right. Her car is even still drivable."

Conrad said police notified him within minutes of the crash.

"They said I had a big hole in the building in the front and the back," he said. "We're now doing building repair and flooring, everything to get it safe and clean and looking good, and working on equipment. There were a number of machines she got pretty good, but we'll replace those."

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