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East Wenatchee, Washington – Car Crashes Into Mall

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Posted on May 15, 2019

East Wenatchee, Washington (May 8, 2019) – A man drove a station wagon into the doors of Wenatchee Valley Mall around 6 p.m. on Wednesday night. Shortly before crashing into the mall, the suspect’s vehicle also struck another car, but no one was reported to be injured from these incidents.

The incident started when a suspicious man was spotted in the parking lot of the mall who was described as acting under the influence of drugs. The police got a call around 6 p.m. when the suspect struck another car and then crashed into the mall doors. The car went inside and then turned around, damaging the wall. He was later able to come out and fled the scene. However, he was found and arrested by the police later.

About Vehicle Accidents

From data gathered on 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. Pedal errors similar to the situation in this case, means that drivers stepped on the gas when they meant to step on the brake. Other, smaller factors for crashing into buildings 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.

Because of the crash site, the threat of injuries applies not only to the occupants of the car but also people inside the building. Damage can also be done to either the car or the struck building. 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.