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Star Lake’s Twin Lakes Hotel bounces back after vehicle crashes into building

Updated: Apr. 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - An SUV crashed into a Star Lake hotel over the weekend.

State police say 23-year-old Domingo Aponte of Rochester crashed his vehicle into the Twin Lakes Hotel early Saturday afternoon when he lost control of it after it hit a pothole on State Route 3.

Troopers say Aponte was not injured but a passenger, 22-year-old Daniel Garcia of Rochester, was taken to the Clifton-Fine Hospital for treatment of chest pain.

The crash tore a gaping hole in the foundation, caved in part of a dining room wall, and toppled two china cabinets.

Twin Lakes Hotel damage
Twin Lakes Hotel damage(WWNY)

“I heard these noises. This loud noise and then glass...They said call 911! You gotta call 911,” said Renada Duchano, Twin Lakes Hotel owner. “One of the ladies that comes here, she said, ‘I was sitting in that chair last Friday night.’”

Fortunately, no one was in the dining room Saturday afternoon. State police said it was about 1:42 p.m. when the Jeep Liberty rammed its east wall.

“At first it was surreal,” said Duchano.

People have been coming to the hotel for good food and good drink for more than 100 years. The Duchanos have been at it there for 60 years. So, something like this isn’t going to stop them.

It’s certainly not going to stop 93-year-old Margaret Duchano. She bought the place in 1961 and ran it for 35 years. Granddaughter Renada employs her now.

“You gotta keep moving. You gotta keep working. You can’t sit and watch TV all day,” said Margaret.

“She’s always right with me. She’s my right hand man. Girl,” said Renada.

It’s that spirit that’s taken them through worse than a car punching a big hole in their place. They were shut for a year for the pandemic.

But after a tiny car crash? Open as ever.

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