A vehicle crashed Friday into the Carquest Auto Parts at 1717 Monroe St., which was closed at the time. Below, Jonathan Martell talks with Toledo police after his pickup was struck by another vehicle at Monroe and 17th streets.
THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON
Two Toledo men were injured Friday when one of the drivers reportedly suffered a diabetic episode and collided with the other driver’s auto before crashing into a downtown building, Toledo police reported.
Jonathan Martell, 29, the driver who was not at fault, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released, police said.
Herman Scott, 28, of 2801 Upton Ave., the driver whose medical condition reportedly triggered the chain of events, was also treated at the scene and was then taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable. He was cited for failure to control his vehicle.
Mr. Scott was driving a pickup east on Monroe Street at 17th Street about 7:20 a.m. when he “started to drive in an erratic manner” and drove through a red light at the intersection, striking the Martell pickup, which was stopped a westbound lane of Monroe at 17th, according to a police traffic crash report.
Police said the Scott vehicle then drove east on Monroe and went off the left side of the road, striking the Carquest Auto Parts store, 1717 Monroe St. The business was closed at the time.
The driver then “burned his rear tires off, freeing himself from the building” and drove off east on Monroe, according to police.
Police stopped him at Monroe and 12th Street, officers said in the report.
Representatives of the business could not be reached for comment.