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Centralia, Washington – Car Drives into Duplex

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Posted on April 4, 2019

Centralia, Washington (April 3, 2019) – Around 2 a.m. this Wednesday morning, a car crashed into a duplex at block 500 of West Cherry Street. One of the residents in the duplex was sitting inside and was 5 feet away from the wall where car crashed through. There have been no reported injuries from the incident.

The driver of the car fled the scene before police and firefighter crews arrived. A man suspected to be the driver was recorded visiting a hospital emergency room, though police have made no arrests. The case is still under investigation.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle damage to residential areas are often accidentally inflicted by the owners themselves, thus making these incidents unreported. Data for cars which have crashed into residential buildings then is considerably more incomplete than cars which have crashed into other types of buildings, such as stores. But from data gathered from car crashes into buildings, the cause was usually operator error or pedal error. For operator errors, drivers usually accelerated or were at high speeds, or were in the wrong gear. For pedal errors, it meant that drivers stepped on the gas when they meant to step on the brake. Other, smaller factors are situation-based, such as driving under influence, traffic accidents, weather conditions or medical emergencies. A very small percentage are for people who intentionally ram buildings to commit theft. From these causes, lack of control is a common feature.

As always, we urge everyone to drive with caution and practice safe driving wherever you go. Doing so minimizes damage and injuries you can inflict not only on yourself, but on others as well. If you have however become a victim of a vehicle accident of any sort, we extend our sympathies and compassion.