Unexpected visitor “drops in” at Resource Realty Group

Owner Dustin Johns works to meet his deadlines despite the rubble in his office. Photos provided.

Dustin Johns, owner of Resource Realty Group in Columbia’s Vista, got an unexpected call around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“I was asleep of course, so I didn’t check my voicemail or anything. Then on my way to work, my buddies started texting and calling asking if I was alright. I didn’t know what they were all talking about,” he said.

Early Wednesday morning, a vehicle ran into the side of Johns’s business. The point of impact was between two narrow windows, causing a large pile of brick, glass, cement, and debris to fall directly into his office.

“As far as I know, he hit a light pole and I guess it veered his car into the building. There were no charges filed. It wasn’t a DUI or anything like that,” Johns said. “I don’t know who it was, but I’m pretty sure it totaled the car.”

No one from the office was present at the time of the incident. “If I had been there, it would have been a bad story,” said Johns. His desk is positioned beside the windows where the incident occurred. Johns is sure he would have suffered serious injuries had he been there at the time.

The rubble has been now removed and the hole in the wall has been boarded up. According to Johns, he and the other 18 agents are able to make light of the situation now. “The market is very hot, so my first thought was we must have had a very impatient client who just couldn’t wait,” he laughed.

Johns said he didn’t let the incident keep him from finishing the work he had to do. “There’s a funny picture some people in my office took of me. I had some big deadlines that morning, so I basically just rotated my desk around so I could work. It’s me, working on my computer in a pile of rubble,” he said. Resource Realty Group’s offices have remained open.

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