CONCORD -- Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel is picking up the pieces after a car slammed into its foyer during a service on Sunday, causing an estimated $50,000 in damages.

The funeral chapel is still arranging funerals but its chapel will be closed for about a month, its managing partner said Thursday.

"We were very fortunate there weren't more serious injuries," Michael Nicosia, the managing partner said. "It could've been an awful lot worse."

A funeral service was beginning around 1:30 p.m. when a 1974 Chevrolet Nova swerved off Clayton Road and struck the funeral home's foyer, injuring a 66-year-old man attending the service.

Police said the 16-year-old driver of the Nova and a 16-year-old driving another car may have been speeding as they drove west on Clayton Road.

The 66-year-old man suffered a broken leg; the driver and a passenger in the Nova were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

The facade of the funeral chapel was boarded up Thursday as Nicosia met with insurance representatives. Most of the damage was to the foyer but the debris has been moved into the chapel, rendering it unusable for now. Nicosia said the chapel will be closed for three to four weeks, but that the funeral home is still arranging services off-site.

For now, local churches and the Salvation Army have stepped up and offered their buildings to the funeral chapel.


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"It's coming together," Nicosia said. "The community is such that it makes a world of difference."

Ouimet Bros. Concord Funeral Chapel has operated in Concord for 55 years and moved from downtown to its current location at 4125 Clayton Road in 1985.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.