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This isn’t a first… but apparently a car was coming down Dunsmore and couldn’t stop, hit another car and it went through the window of the business next door to where I used to be.

Brake failure causes accident
By Mary O’Keefe

The brakes on a La Crescenta man’s vehicle failed as he was traveling south on Dunsmore Avenue late afternoon Sept. 27, causing him to hit another vehicle and spin into a Foothill Boulevard business.

According to a Glendale Police Department report, the elderly La Crescenta man was heading south on Dunsmore Avenue when he discovered his brakes had failed.

He, and his wife in the passenger seat, flew through the red signal light at Dunsmore Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

The vehicle crashed into a truck driven by a 44-year-old Pasadena man traveling westbound on Foothill Boulevard.

The Pasadena driver saw the vehicle heading through the red light; he attempted to speed up to avoid the collision but was struck in the rear of the truck causing it to flip over and spin several times.

The La Crescenta man’s vehicle spun around due to the force of the impact and ended up crashing backward into the door of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors (PFAR) in the 3600 block of Foothill Boulevard.

“I was standing right there waiting for my sister,” said Ruth Gleerup, a PFAR employee. “I was looking down the street [the opposite way], so I didn’t see the initial impact.”

She did turn in time to see the vehicle coming toward the front door of her vehicle.

“I saw it; it kept coming and coming and I thought, ‘I don’t think it is going to stop.’ I was surprised at the force,” she said.

The car crashed through the front window and door of the business.

The two elderly people in the car complained of injuries due to the impact of the air bag that was deployed and were transported to Verdugo Hills Hospital for medical attention.

The driver of the truck complained of pain in his left forearm but was not transported.

As for the PFAR office, the repairs are still being made and Gleerup is back to work as usual.

“I wasn’t afraid, but afterward I was a little shaky,” Gleerup said.


I am so grateful that everyone is okay! Ruth usually stands at the door waiting for a ride… she must have jumped out of the way just in time, I’m a little unclear if she was standing at the door, getting in her sister’s car or what. Was there a car parked in front of the Pasadena Association of Realtors? The article says it was a Saturday afternoon, but I’m assuming it was a weekday, seeing which cars are parked out front and Ruth was there (I know my block! hehe).

I keep thinking… what if I was out watering, helping someone load a piece of furniture… if a customer was walking to their car… I’m just so grateful that everyone is okay. I guess there have been numerous other vehicle to building accidents on that block, mostly on the corner. Scary!

I’m at the tail end of a cold… missing all of my art journaling “homework” :) I’ll be back soon, just wanted to share this story!


  1. Allison said,

    October 14, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Orange you glad you live in NC?


  2. Art Tea Life said,

    October 17, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Wow that is CRAZY (the accident at the old shop)

    While I was reading I kept imagining how you day might have been had you been there too…..

    wow wow woHW. Yee.

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