The store where the crash happened, The Yarn Maven, will reopen in a new location at 62 W. Commerce St. in September.

Smyrna police are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run crash Tuesday that damaged a building and a car in downtown Smyrna.

At about 2:12 p.m., Smyrna police responded to 23 W. Commerce St., after a report of a vehicle collision into a building, said Cpl. Brian Donner.

A parked Volkswagen Beetle was struck by a car and pushed onto the sidewalk and into the wall of the building that includes The Yarn Maven shop on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor.

The driver of the car that struck the Volkswagen drove away, Donner said.

He said the suspect’s car is a 2014 Dodge Avenger. Donner asked anyone with information about the location of the Dodge Avenger or the driver to call the police department at (302) 653-9217.


No injuries were reported, but the owner of The Yarn Maven, Sue Shimomura, said she and four customers were in the store when the crash happened.

“First we heard a bang. We all thought, ‘What was that?’ Then all of a sudden a car plowed into the building. We were all within 15 feet of it. It was surreal,” she said.

That first bang was the cars colliding before the car crashed into the building, she said.

“The inside of the store was intact, but you can see the outer wall was pushed out,” she said.

“I ran to call 911. I was afraid someone was hurt because it was such a huge crash. When I looked outside, there was no one in the vehicle [the Volkswagen]. It took a minute for it to register that the car that crashed into the wall had been pushed there by another car.”

She said after the police officer arrived, two inspectors from the town looked through the building and went in the basement.

“When they came out, they put the condemned sign on the building and told us we couldn’t reopen,” said Shimomura.

She said the owners of the building at 23 W. Commerce St. are waiting for a structural engineer to inspect the property.

Shimomura leases the store where the crash happened.

Two residents of the upstairs apartment weren’t allowed to return, she said.

“We were only able to go in for about five minutes,” said Shimomura. "We’re waiting to see if they can stabilize the building.”


Before the crash, Shimomura said she was planning to move The Yarn Maven to a larger location in September, and those plans are still in place.

She and her husband Eric recently purchased a larger building at 62 W. Commerce St., at Delaware Street near The Painted Stave and Citizens’ Hose Company.

They are planning to expand the business which has been growing since she opened The Yarn Maven in February 2017, then moved to 23 W. Commerce St., in September 2017. They have one part-time employee.

Shimomura said until she’s able to open her new store at 62 W. Commerce St., she is still holding Wednesday knit night at Wilmington University’s Dover campus from 5-8 p.m., in room 206.

“By next week, we expect to have two or three other times during the week when knitters and crocheters will be able to get together in the Smyrna area to work on their projects,” she said.

“We’re very much looking forward to opening our doors once again,” she said. “It will be a very happy day when we do. Our customers are our friends. We will miss seeing them in our shop until we reopen.”

For updates on the business, see The Yarn Maven’s Facebook page, Instagram page or website,