By Jackie Costek
Chicago (WWM) – The video shows the drunken driver entering the West Loop business early Friday, and neighbors said they heard, felt – and broke the cameras to record what happened next.
CBS 2 Jackie Costek meets with the business owner, which is not the first tragedy they have experienced recently.
At 25 a.m., police collided with a light pole on Madison Street while driving north on Rassin Street. Then she tried to undo it and in 1170 W, she moved to The Madison Fitness Studio at the Mad Barre St. Fitzgerald Building.
His wife, Suzanne Rotman, said:
The video captures the scene and the screaming screams as the vehicle pulls back at Six Barre Studios – Routman’s six-year career. The glass is broken and the frame is broken.
Neighbors report two loud noises and a car engine vibration. Surveillance video shows the driver exiting and driving the car in front of the store.
“Impossible,” said Rotman. “Unreal”
Not true, yes – but Rotman is choosing to look at the bright side.
“If it had happened at 5pm when the whole studio was coming and going, this would have been a different story,” she said.
Rothman said the accident did not cause any structural damage. But still, she expects her doors to close for a while.
“I think I’m always strong, and owning your own business is about a thousand years,” she said. “So I think the survivors, and especially the COVID – past the Covenant – I think a lot is bad about it and its resilience.
For two consecutive years, Rotman’s whip and resistance lessons came in handy. Initially, Covided-19 was shut down and turned on for six months. Then came armed robbery, and about two months ago, it was broken into overnight.
And now this.
“Just to find out, you know, a little improvement in our luck, and when we get everything back in place, I may just need to throw in some more wise people – all the place wise, right?” Rothman said.
Rothman canceled classes for at least a week. At this point, the best way to support the business is in the Fulton River District at 625 W. She says it’s time to move to another place in Lake Bar, which is in the distance.
In this case, the driver is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving recklessly and with equipment and other property – all offenses. The officers offered medical treatment on the spot, but she refused.
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