Man crashes sports car into Brevard County bike store

No one injured in accident, officials say


INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. – A Corvette smashed through the concrete wall of a bicycle shop Wednesday afternoon, scattering broken glass, rubble and sporting goods throughout the showroom, Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports.

No one was injured by the teal, 1991 sports car, driven by a man who lost control when he suffered a seizure.

"It was like a bomb went off," Steve Babd, store manager told Florida Today. "As much as we're on the showroom floor and as busy as we are with customers, nobody was standing right there. It's very, very fortunate."

The accident happened about 1:25 p.m. at the business near the intersection of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Burns Boulevard. The driver, Robert Bader, 52, was transported to Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center in stable condition. No one else was reported to be injured.

About five employees and one customer were in the 2,800-square-foot store at the time of the crash, Babd said. He came out of a back office to see the sports car smashed through the western concrete block wall and resting in the middle of the showroom.

The Corvette hit a parked red pickup truck before crashing into the building.

Bill Hoffman, owner of the truck, was standing at a counter and talking to a salesperson about bike gloves when it happened.

"The next thing you know we heard a loud explosion," Hoffman said.

While the car engine was still running, Babd said he approached, and it appeared the man was having a seizure. He opened the door and shut off the car.

The driver of the car likely will be required to undergo a medical evaluation to see if he is fit to hold a license, according to Sgt. Kim Montes of Florida Highway Patrol.