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East Wenatchee, Washington – One Person Injured After Vehicle Crashes Into Safeway Building

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Posted on January 12, 2020

East Wenatchee, Washington (January 7, 2020) – One person was injured after a car crashed into the side of the Safeway building on Tuesday afternoon. According to the report from 560KPQ News Radio, the driver was unhurt in the incident, but the crash caused a shelf inside the building to fall on an employee’s leg, causing minor injuries. However, the employee was reported to not have been transported to the hospital. According to the information from the East Wenatchee Police Department,  the driver, an elderly woman, had accidentally stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake, resulting in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

While this accident contains a criminal element, accidents of far more common cause can be just as dangerous. 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 error 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.