Building owner plotting next steps as crews remove crushed SUV from rubble

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Crews were working overtime at 18th and Oak Thursday night, trying to clean up the mess that was left after a driver plowed an SUV into a building.

Wooden beams dangled from the top floor, and piles of brick and rubble blanketed the sidewalk, but one noticeable omission from the scene was the SUV. The totaled SUV was pulled from the scene by a tow truck at about 8 p.m., and FOX 4’s cameras got a close-up look at the damage, which clarified how intense this crash really was.

The entire right side of the SUV was smashed in – and much it was crushed. The driver went to the hospital with some injuries and is expected to be okay. But seeing the SUV up close makes you think she is lucky to be alive.

As crews continued to work, FOX 4 caught up with the building owner and asked what the next step was.

"Well I own several buildings; I've done a lot of renovations. It's just like, well, there's just more work and money, that's basically the thought. It's just going to be trouble, it's a lot of work going into real estate,” Chris Willsey said.

He says he hasn't decided yet whether he will try to salvage the building or just demolish it.
As for the owner of the stolen car, FOX 4 tracked him down to as well. He didn't want to go on camera, but told FOX 4 this whole thing started Wednesday night when he offered a woman and her boyfriend a ride from a Taco Bell to their hotel, and then the woman took off with his car.