In my first job out of college, I served as a reporter/photojournalist dual-threat at my local newspaper, covering breaking news and writing feature stories as well as documenting the whole 3.5 years through my lens. Some of my best times were spent out in the field and on the phone covering local stories.

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Car crashes through bank in Los Altos draws crowd of onlookers


Virginia Pavlina had to make a quick decision Friday.

The Los Altos Hills resident said her new Lexus IS 250 Sedan accelerated out of control as she approached Main Street from Second Street on a bustling afternoon in Los Altos.

After realizing her brakes weren’t working, Pavlina said her effort to steer clear of pedestrians led her to crash her car into U.S. Bank, located in the historical Shoup Building at 300 Main St.

“There was a man across the street standing in front of Starbucks about to cross, and all of a sudden my car took off,” Pavlina said in a phone interview from El Camino Hospital Monday morning. “I braked, but the brakes didn’t work. The car just went berserk. I had to make a quick decision.”

Read the full story in the Los Altos Town Crier.