Car crashes into SOMA storefront, missing employee


SOMA Kombucha is open for business at its regular hours

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The SOMA Kombucha taproom was left in shambles after a car crashed into the front window of the business on SE Belmont. The woman who was working that day feels lucky she wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Nicole Atwood said she was happy to be alive after a driver came smashing through the window, very close to where she had been sitting. Security cameras recorded the near miss. Her sister, Danielle, spoke to KOIN 6 News on her behalf.

“She heard some screeching and some commotion outside,” said Atwood. “And right when she flipped her head around to see what it was, a car came through.”

A still image from the business’ security camera footage shows a car crashed through a storefront window. October 6, 2019 (Courtesy SOMA kombucha)

Atwood said her son often spends time with his Aunt Nicole at the taproom after school. Both women are grateful he wasn’t there at the time.

“The windows are the preferred seating for that space, so he’ll sit there drawing and playing music or hanging out with other kids,” said Atwood. She was just happy that he, nor other customers, were there when it happened.

Nicole’s coworker, Phoebe Schiff, came into work the following day and learned about the accident.

“There had been some type of collision and this car right here drove right through this window,” said Schiff.

She showed KOIN 6 New the crunched up car that was involved—it’s still sitting outside of the taproom. Schiff said that seating area is usually a busy spot and it’s fortunate that nobody was in the way.

The car that crashed through the SOMA kombucha storefront in northeast Portland. October 6, 2019 (KOIN)

“Thank goodness there was no one sitting in the area where the car plummeted into,” said Schiff. “And luckily Nicole was sitting in the other spot and the taproom was empty.”

In the wake of the unexpected incident, the store has gotten creative and painted a Band-Aid over the car-sized hole in the storefront. Everyone was counting their blessings, including Nicole.

“It was profound for her that all that happened and no one got hurt,” said Atwood.

Portland Police said there were no charges filed related to this crash, and that it did not meet the criteria that would require a crash investigation.

Schiff said they’ve received a lot of support from the community and all of their regular customers since the crash.

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