Old Colorado City dispensary reopens one year after a car crashed into the building – KRDO


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO)– People who saw it, described it as something out of a movie. On August 11, 2020, a car barreled into an Old Colorado City medical marijuana dispensary. Now, 13 months after the crash, Garden of the Budz is finally able to reopen its doors.

The crash was caused by a driver suffering from a medical incident. Several people were taken to the hospital and the crash took out nearly the entire store.

Katheryn Benson was working in the store at the time of the incident. A budtender at the dispensary, she was the only person inside, when a red Toyota Prius slammed into the store. The events were caught on surveillance camera, showing her preparing to eat her lunch when the walls caved in.

“It’s just kind of like watching a movie, but I happen to be the person that the movie happened to,” Benson told KRDO. “So I watch it and honestly as I’m watching the video, it’ll go along and I’m like, ‘did it actually take that long for it to happen?'”

She’s back at work Monday at a place she loves, after being forced to take time off.

“I had unemployment that took care of me for a while and then I was able to find temporary jobs here and there to keep me, kind of afloat,” Benson said. “I knew that I wanted to come back here. I love this job, I love what I do, I love who I work for.

Benson works for shop owner Tasha Vigil, who thinks about the accident frequently.

“I think every day my husband and I will wake up and we both quit,” Vigil adds. “But we have people that we love that rely on us, and that have supported us through this.”

Vigil owns the building and had insurance

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