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Little red Corvette hit by car going much too fast

UPDATED: Thu., July 15, 2021

Gary Keyes takes a look at the damage to his restored 1958 Chevy Corvette after a 2014 Ford Escape slid into the classic car Thursday on the corner of Maple Street and Rowan Avenue in Spokane. Keyes had planned to visit a car show in Oregon in two weeks.  (DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)
Gary Keyes takes a look at the damage to his restored 1958 Chevy Corvette after a 2014 Ford Escape slid into the classic car Thursday on the corner of Maple Street and Rowan Avenue in Spokane. Keyes had planned to visit a car show in Oregon in two weeks. (DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW)

No one was seriously hurt in a three-car crash in north Spokane early Thursday afternoon, but the incident smashed a 1958 red Corvette just ready to go to an auto show later this month.

Witnesses said a speeding Ford Escape ran a stop sign at the corner of Maple Street and Rowan Avenue and was T-boned by a pickup. The Escape was flipped on its side and then skidded into the vintage sports car at the other side of the intersection.

The owner of the Corvette, Gary Keyes, said he was just running an errand to the store for Rain-X. In a couple of weeks, he was supposed to get the car to Pendleton, Oregon, for the Hotrod-a-rama auto show.

He spent over $100,000 and put four years of hard work into the car.

“I really wish I just went home,” Keyes said. “I’m just mad as hell.”

Spokane police officer Bill Workman confirmed at the scene that the Ford Escape ran the stop sign and that everyone involved suffered only minor injuries. The woman driving the Escape was given a ticket.

Keyes said his passion for classic cars has been hit by a run of bad luck.

Seven years ago, Keyes was driving a 1955 Austin-Healey not too far away from where the accident occurred on Thursday.

Just like today, Keyes stopped at a stop sign, but that time was slammed into from the back by an inattentive driver.

Keyes will get the Corvette evaluated to see if it can be repaired, but the auto show won’t be happening for him and his beloved car this year.

He has insurance on the Corvette.

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