|WJLA reporter Horace Holmes (right), with his cameraman|
(left) and Mark Wright, working on storefront crash story.
Two of the proprietors have been hit so many times that they each had bollards installed in front of their own stores, at their own expense, after the landlord declined to do so. Other shop owners, who don't yet have barriers, admitted they get very nervous while watching vehicles pull in to park. All the shops have front-in parking spaces perpendicular to their glass doors and display windows. Even patrons we spoke with knew about the frequent crashes.
Some of WJLA's interview footage will be shared with its sister station, WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, for a story WJAR investigative reporter Katie Davis is preparing on a rash of crashes in her area. (I see they just had another one this evening — car-into-house!)
I'll post an update when each station airs its respective pieces. Stay tuned...