Car Crashes into Laundromat in Raleigh, North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC. – According to a news report posted online at wral.com, a car crashed into a laundromat in Raleigh, North Carolina. Police were reportedly investigating the case as a hit-and-run but later uncovered additional information and accused a woman of lying to officers about details of the accident.*
The accident happened in the late evening at a laundromat located in the 1600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Raleigh Police Department and WRAL report that at about 11 p.m., police received a call about a vehicle running into the building and injuring a pedestrian. Officers started looking at the case as a hit-and-run after preliminary investigation at the scene.
Upon additional investigation, however, police recharacterized the accident, saying that it was not a hit-and-run, and no one had been injured in the accident. The police department indicates that a family was at the laundromat at the time, and one of the family members backed into the building with the car.
At the time of the accident, a woman told police that her nephew had been driving the car. However, officers learned that her 13-year-old son was actually driving the car at the time. WRAL reports that the woman, identified as a 49-year-old resident of Raleigh, was charged with filing a false police report and was placed under arrest. She was later released on a $1,000 bond.
A photo from the night of the accident posted to the WRAL website shows that the outside of the building sustained serious damage. It does not appear that any laundry machines were damaged, as the report said people continued to do laundry there after the collision.
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