Local Business Owner in Coma After Being Hit by Train: His Ocean Beach Two Dollar Thrill Has Closed

by on July 24, 2017 · 0 comments

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By South OB Girl

Jeff Clark, owner of Thrift Trader, is tragically in a coma after being hit by a train in Little Italy.

On June 24th, Clark was hit by an Amtrak train in Little Italy near W. Hawthorne Street and California Street.

Jeff Clark. Screen capture from NBC7

His store in Ocean Beach, Two Dollar Thrill on Newport Avenue along with all Thrift Trader locations — have now closed after the tragedy.

The business was built on buying and selling used clothes and music, and had many local fans in Ocean Beach and throughout San Diego.  Clark had previously owned Music Trader and had been a musician.  Clark’s passion for music turned into several CD’s and the Music Trader chain back in the 1980’s.  After selling it, Clark started Thrift Trader.

NBC 7 reported the tragic story on July 19, 2017.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, witnesses said Clark had been looking down at his cell phone at the time of the crash. He apparently did not notice that he was standing near the track, and did not notice the approaching train, witnesses told officials.

Clark suffered serious injuries and was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center.

Employees told NBC 7, he is in a coma after the incident.  Employees said Clark is doing better, but this has been a tough year for him after suffering a stroke that impacted vision in his left eye.  It’s not clear if that played any role in the incident.

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