• Deputies say teen plows into store; community helps to rebuild

    By: Michael Spears


    More than a month after Thurston County deputies said a teen driver plowed into Black Lake Grocery near Olympia, knocking the store off its foundation, KIRO 7 has learned the community is rallying to help the business rebuild.

    “He was very depressed when I talked to him,” said Mike Fair, describing the store’s owner. “It’s a part of this community; It’s been there forever.”

    Mike Fair, President of the Black Lake Grange, said his organization is putting together a benefit dinner on Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Black Lake Grange Hall, with all proceeds going to store owner Jong Park who KIRO 7 interviewed in April after the crash.

    "If there was anybody here, they could've been killed,” said Park then, showing KIRO 7 the aftermath. "He was speeding over 70 miles and lost control.”

    The teenager survived the crash.

    Fair said beyond food and drinks, Saturday’s benefit spaghetti dinner will also include music and prizes.

    “There’s hardships for them for sure and we just want to help ease the pain, just a little,” said Fair. “He was in shock that people would do something like that for them and we just told him he’s part of our community.”

    Email BlackLakeGrangeRental@Gmail.com for ticket information.


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