Where Tuesday there was The Coronado Flower Lady, yesterday morning there was a city cleanup crew.
Tuesday night at 9:18 pm, Coronado Police (CPD) received calls that an accident had happened on Orange Avenue. Witnesses described a black vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed (estimates ranged between 70-90 miles per hour), which struck the light pole at Rotary Plaza, flipped and came to rest on the fountain wall before tipping over onto the Flower Lady’s flower cart.
CPD has confirmed that two individuals were removed from the debris of the car: the driver, a 22 year-old male, and a female passenger. Both were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was arrested for felony DUI.
Shanel and Steve Albert own the Flower Lady stand. The Coronado Times spoke with them Wednesday morning at the scene of the accident. The couple worked at the stand for two years and then purchased it in 2016. They support their family with the business and Shanel was concerned about the loss of revenue even for a single day. The good news is that they have arranged to re-open Thursday with a big table, a phone and flowers.
For those who would like to help, you can buy flowers once again starting today on Orange Avenue. Or, you may order through The Flower Lady website here.