An effort to block the doorway of their southwest Santa Rosa market with a pickup to prevent overnight thefts turned disastrous for the store owners Thursday night when the truck driver stepped on the gas instead of the brake.
Gonzalo Chavez's wife, Maria Soccoro, was in front of the truck in the doorway of Chavez Market, guiding her husband into position, when he inadvertently hit the accelerator and struck her as he punched through the exterior wall, Santa Rosa police and fire personnel said.
Soccoro's arm was seriously injured in the 9:37 p.m. accident, losing some flesh from the impact of her husband's Ford Ranger pickup, according to their son, Luis Chavez.
She underwent emergency surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and remained hospitalized Friday, Luis Chavez said.
He and others said Gonzalo Chavez, 53, was decidedly distressed by the incident that left his wife injured.