Distracted driver crashes minivan into building

Posted March 04, 2010, at 3:57 p.m.

AUBURN, Maine — A Poland, Maine, man walked away with minor injuries after losing control of a minivan, which crashed through a fence at the corner of a Wal-Mart store entrance and into an unoccupied office building before coming to a rest upside down.

Brendon Joseph Whittaker, 21, told police he was distracted because he was trying to retrieve something from the floor of the Toyota Sienna while entering a rotary. The van crashed through a metal fence, flipped and smacked into the building. It came to rest with its grill on the ground and its roof crunched against a retaining wall.

Sgt. James Robicheau says the building has been hit before. He says exterior gas lines were moved previously because other vehicles have crashed into the building in the same spot.