Homer City Magisterial District Judge Susanne V. Steffee is awaiting a return visit from an 86-year-old Indiana man who pleaded guilty in her courtroom last month to a traffic violation.
Meanwhile, the owner of a White Township car wash is working on what to do since a Saturday night crash involving Paul W. Snider.
“The automatic (bay) is down and (yet) some people come in,” Tom Parker said, as he considers what to do with his Aqua Jet Touch Free car wash at Wayne Avenue and Rose Street.
State police at Indiana said Snider was eastbound on Rose Street at 5:42 p.m. Saturday when, for unknown reasons, his Kia Forte proceeded through the juncture with Wayne Avenue, left the roadway and hit the building.
The car came to rest inside the automatic car wash bay, damaging it. Parker said the crash did not affect self-service car wash bays next door, which are still available for use.
Snider was taken by Citizens’ Ambulance Service to Indiana Regional Medical Center with what troopers described as a “suspected minor injury.” The Indiana Fire Association also assisted at the crash scene.
Police said Snider was cited for driving his vehicle at an unsafe speed. That count and one of careless driving, both summary violations, were filed with Steffee, who is awaiting pleas in those cases.
On June 26 Snider pleaded guilty before Steffee to a count of disregarding a traffic lane in a June 18 matter also investigated by state police in White Township.
Parker said Thursday that he is working on what’s next for the automatic car wash bay, but has no estimate of how much repairs would cost.
“It has brought up problems I do not know how to handle,” Parker conceded.