Glen Bennett says his family has some hopes as he stands about 30 feet from the hole a dump truck left late Friday in his two brother's hardware store next door.
The tractor-trailer hit Dennis and Keith Bennett as they worked inside, leaving them hospitalized but in fair condition.
Even as a bright orange city "Condemned" sign is tacked to the West Beaver storefront, the brother said Bennett's Ace Hardware will survive. It's been a fixture in Jacksonville's Marietta community for six decades.
"Of course, the city had to put a sign up to keep people out of the building because it is unsafe in its current condition," Glen Bennett said Wednesday from behind the counter at Bennett's Power Equipment at 8068 W. Beaver St., unaffected by the crash.
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"It's the family's desire to continue the legacy of Benita and Royce Bennett, who started that business in 1959," he added, awaiting removal of the crashed truck. "That's when our fingers are crossed and we hope the building doesn't collapse as they pull that out."
Dashcam video obtained by news partner First Coast News from truck shows it headed east on West Beaver Street about 5 p.m. with the traffic signal green. As the truck proceeds through the green light, a westbound car turns in front of it.
As the truck hits the car, its hood buckles into view as it veers into the hardware store, the video shows. The truck slams into the store just to the left of its front door, crashing through the cement wall as its windshield shatters before the scene goes dark.
The crash injured five people, including the truck driver and the car's 15-year-old driver along with her 11-year-old passenger, according to the crash report provided to First Coast News. Three other cars, including one parked in front of the hardware store, were involved.
Keith Bennett had to be pulled from near or under the crashed truck, his brother Glen said.
The Florida Highway Patrol cited the 15-year-old for failure to yield the right of way and violating her learner's license, according to the report.
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City Municipal Code Compliance inspectors declared the structure as an "emergency condemnation" due to its open and unsecured state, city officials said.
Glen Bennett was not there when the crash occurred, saying he was called as he was driving and told to "rush to my store."
A temporary 8-foot-tall wooden wall was erected in front of the business to keep people out.
The back corner of the crashed truck was still visible just after 9 a.m. Wednesday behind the barrier as Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Station 26's ladder truck rolled up. Its firefighters had just come on duty and were checking the building's status in case they had to respond to something there, they said.
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Longtime customers and friends have also visited Glen's store to find out how his brothers are, he said.
"People are concerned and dropping off cards, and I am forwarding those to my brothers in the hospital," he said.
After the truck is removed under the observation of engineers, the building's owners can submit plans and seek permits for reconstruction, city officials said. Inspectors will revisit the site at the end of February.
"As for the timeframe of the repairs, that is up to the insurance companies and the owner," city officials said.
"I feel devastated," Bennett said. "I am 59, and I have been here my whole life. ... We are still hoping and praying that Dennis and Keith recover. Dennis is the president of Bennett's Ace Hardware, and ultimately it will be his decision on what to do."
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