GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A tanning salon in Grand Rapids Township is closed after a vehicle hit the building Saturday morning.
According to the owners of Solana Tanning, it’s the third time this has happened in the past few years and the second time since July.
“It was a shock, obviously,” owners Dan and Angela Snider said. “The first time this had happened, the security system picked it up. And this time, we received a call from the police department.”
Just before 8 a.m., deputies with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office were sent to Solana Tanning, located at 3989 Cascade Rd., after receiving reports about a vehicle that had crashed into the building.
It remains unclear what led up to the crash. Responding deputies found a vehicle with no one inside.
When News 8 reached out to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office Saturday, deputies confirmed they had identified the vehicle’s driver. They said the driver faces multiple charges, including leaving the scene of the crash.
A News 8 crew at the scene found a letter addressed to customers posted on the front door of the business. The letter said the business is unable to open the location until the “significant damage to the interior” has been repaired.
With the temporary closure, Solana Tanning said that any packages that customers have will be honored and monthly memberships will be extended.
The owners told News 8 they were just a few weeks away from reopening and making their final repairs from the crash that happened in July. But the Sniders said they’re trying to stay positive and they’re thankful nobody was hurt.
“What we’re really concerned about is our customers,” they said. “This could happen during the day. This is obviously happening on a regular basis. This is the third time that we know of that someone has crashed through this … and our seating area is right here. We’re going to try and get the city to put up a guard rail, to protect our customers in the future.”
Anyone with questions is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Jenison location at 616.724.4048.
The crash remains under investigation.