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Vehicles destroyed after driver plows into car lot

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Posted at 9:16 PM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 21:16:37-05

LAKESIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — Half a dozen cars were destroyed when a BMW crashed into the car lot of a BMW dealership in Southern California on Wednesday.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials say the 20-year-old driver suffered a medical issue.

The driver hit the curb and launched into the air, taking out six cars, including two Corvettes.

While the driver is expected to survive, the owner of the car lot is left reeling.

“The only stuff that's getting traded in nobody wants anymore,” said Dan Shaffner, owner of Rev It Motors.

Shaffner says it’s hard to find a good car these days amid a global shortage.

“Prices are crazy. There's no cars available," he said.

But he still had a decent selection at his Lakeside lot, including two Corvettes, a Toyota Tundra, and a Chevy Silverado. Then came the crash.

“It looked like one of those NASCAR crashes at Daytona where there's 20 cars laid out in pieces all the way down the front straightaway," he said. "That's what my lot looked like this morning.”

In total, Shaffner says an estimated $152,000 in damage was done at the lot.

To make matters worse, it’s still unclear whether the driver had insurance. Shaffner says he is bracing to deal with his own company.

“I know what they’re going to do, they’re going to try to pay for it at what I bought it for, so all the labor and time and effort and moving it around I’ll be out, and I can't easily replace them because there's no cars, so it's going to be a tough tax time," he said.

Shaffner still has multiple cars on his lot that weren’t near the collision.

CHP says the driver was not suspected of being under the influence and was not arrested.

This story was originally reported by Jonathan Horn on 10news.com.