ROCKLAND — The driver of a car that crashed Friday afternoon into a building owned by the Farnsworth Art Museum was issued a summons.

The crash occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the intersection of Union and Elm streets in Rockland. A 2014 Mercedes E550 cabriolet  convertible crashed into Julia’s Gallery. There was substantial damage to the building and vehicle.

The Mercedes was driven by David Luce, 54, of Washington, according to Rockland police. Witnesses told police that Luce accelerated rapidly from the light at Limerock and Union streets and was speeding when he struck a white 2022 Kia Rio being driven by Leslye Davis, 32, of Ithaca, N.Y. as she was attempting to turn left onto Elm Street.

The force of the collision between the two vehicles caused the Mercedes to carom directly into the corner of the front porch of the building owned by the Farnsworth Museum at 30 Elm St.

Both vehicles were destroyed and towed from the scene. The porch and building at 30 Elm St. received serious structural damage as a result of the crash.

Luce was issued a summons for driving to endanger and given a court date of Nov. 14.

There were a total of three people in the two vehicles. Emergency medical crews checked on the three but none required medical care. Thomaston responded to the crash because Rockland crews were on Thomaston Street responding to a man who had collapsed and resuscitation efforts were being attempted. That call had come in a few minutes before the crash.

That section of Union Street was closed to traffic for about an hour.

Construction workers worked late into the evening to place supports under the porch of the building.

Photo by Stephen Betts