Driver Crashes Near Auto Shop in El Cajon

The owner of an auto repair shop in El Cajon was left with a huge mess to clean up after a driver crashed at his business overnight.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the crash happened around 11 p.m. at Kirk’s Radiator shop in the 1700 block of North Magnolia Avenue. Officials said a driver somehow lost control and plowed through a fence, coming to rest right next to the business.

A shirtless driver emerged from the wreck and was arrested at the scene. He was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital with unspecified injuries. The collision is under investigation and, at this point, it is unclear if alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.

NBC 7 spoke with the owner of Kirk’s Radiator Friday morning, Ryan Newkirk, who was upset to find his business had been impacted by the crash.

“It’s frustrating to walk into this, to come in early and try to make progress and get work done, and now we’ve got a big mess to clean up and a lot of other things to deal with,” said Newkirk.

“The day just changed,” he added.

Despite the rough start to his Friday morning, Newkirk said he hoped to open for business by 8 a.m.

The name of the driver was not immediately released by CHP. No one else was injured in this incident.

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