Apparently the driver, a Hispanic male, was moving foward into a parking space and he somehow jumped the curb and drove into the building.
The Rankin Building once housed the Rankin Dry Goods Company, which was started by John Herbert Rankin. He was born in Indiana around 1884. His father was born in Tennessee, and his mother was born in Indiana. Their names were John F. Rankin and Emma Rankin. Gordon Merrill Bothamley took over the Rankin store in 1947 and sold it not too long after that.
A witness told Rodas that as the SUV’s driver was parking, he suddenly accelerated instead of applying his brakes, which propelled him over the curb and into the building. There was one male driver with no passengers. No injuries were reported.
The SAPD investigated the accident. No arrests were reported.