April 1, 2011

Recent Crash Examples - April 1, 2011

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia: Medical condition suspected cause of 45-year-old driver's crash into fence company and neighboring business; 10-year-old passenger not injured (The Chronicle - April 1, 2011)

Los Angeles, CA: Two-vehicle crash sends car through front window of check cashing business (CBS Los Angeles - April 1, 2011)

Dale City, VA: Employee's leg broken when car crashes through AutoZone store entrance (WUSA9 - April 1, 2011)

North Augusta, SC: Driver apparently suffering seizure crashes into Captain D's restaurant during busy 'kids night' event, sending him and two customers to hospital (Edgefield Daily - April 1, 2011 — WAGT26 - March 31, 2011)

North Huntingdon, PA: Police rule 22-year-old driver's crash last week into McDonald's drive-through a DUI (TribLive - April 1, 2011)

Houma, LA: Car thief dies after crashing stolen vehicle into flower shop (Houma Today - March 31, 2011)

Hartford, CT: 83-year-old driver crashes through brick wall of CVS, causing store to be evacuated and closed (WTNH - March 31, 2011)

Pittsburgh, PA: Driver careens off road, sending SUV down steps and through wall of University of Pittsburgh Law School (Post-Gazette - March 31, 2011)

Plymouth, CT: 44-year-old driver crashes through front of Wasp Archery building (Republican-American - March 31, 2011)

Bull Plain, Hertfordshire, UK: Elderly driver accidentally reverses vehicle and crashes through clinic entrance (Hertfordshire Mercury - March 31, 2011)

New York, NY: Pedestrian killed when driver loses control while exiting bridge; car goes airborne and crashes through glass doors of nearby building (NBC17 - March 29, 2011)

Quezon City, Philippines: Three injured when car crashes through glass wall panel of medical testing center (PhilStar - March 29, 2011)

Loganville, GA: Driver injured during crash into veterinary clinic (Atlanta Journal-Constitution - March 28, 2011) [Thanks to Kevin Shannon for this tip.]

Bedfordshire, UK: 87-year-old driver crashes into frozen food store, also hitting nearby vehicles (BBC - March 28, 2011)

Rowland Heights, CA: Six hospitalized—including a 3-year-old pinned under the vehicle—when car reportedly "peeled out of a shopping center, hit a curb and crashed into [an] apartment." (KABC - March 25, 2011)

Montgomery, AL: Unattended 5-year-old drives mom's car through windows of Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall (Buzz Montgomery - March 23, 2011)

Bethany, OK: 89-year-old driver injured when her car suddenly accelerates while in drive-through lane of Swadley's Barbecue and hits a tree (NewsOK - March 22, 2011)

Melbourne, Australia: 70-year-old driver sends 12 people to hospital after crashing into all you can eat restaurant (ABC News - March 4, 2011)

[Editor's note: My goal of offering an encyclopedic weekly crash roundup is on hold for awhile in favor of this more realistic approach: a list of recent examples. I'll be mixing in periodic lists like this with incident-specific stories and other articles during the month.]

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