Car Crashes into Shops on Fourteenth Street in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, DC- Popville.com writes that a crash occurred this week in Logan Circle on 14th Street that led to injuries. The incident took place when a car drove into two retail shops, including a running store and a pet shop. Reports state that the reason the driver struck the buildings is not clear, but that the incident did result in arrests.*
One of the structures was damaged, resulting in an evacuation.
Witnesses stated that one person was removed from the scene on a stretcher. While the cause of that person’s injuries and the extent were not stated, the witness indicated that the individual was conscious and communicating.
A Twitter post purportedly from a family member of one victim stated that the man suffered a leg injury.
Another person posted a photo of a sedan that struck two shops. The posting individual stated that she was shopping for shoes when the car struck the building. She stated that one of her children was left scared, but that her family was not harmed.
Cars drive into buildings more often than most people would think, and certainly more often than one would hope. These crashes kill about 500 people annually and injure thousands more. The images from such wrecks are often striking. For some safety advocates, the high number of these collisions are a sign that the United States has a car-centric culture that puts other road users in constant peril.
A car crashes into a structure somewhere in the United States about 60 times every day, but this does not have to be the case. Better designed parking lots would likely go a long way toward preventing most of these incidents. While stores often have parking only a few feet from their front doors, such designs are often dangerous. All that needs to happen is for a motorist to strike the gas rather than the brakes, a fairly common error, and the results can rapidly become tragic.
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