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Hoquiam, Washington – Car Crashes Into Drug Store at Simpson Avenue

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Posted on March 9, 2020

Hoquiam, Washington (March 6, 2020) – A car crashed into the building of Crown Drug on the 2544 block of Simpson Avenue on Friday. According to the article from KXRO News Radio, both the driver and the occupants of the shop were unhurt in the crash. However, the crash damaged two structural support columns at the front of the building. Merchandise at the side of the crash were reported to have been damaged or being evaluated, but the rest of the store are fine and operating as usual.

According to information from the Hoquiam Police Department, an 83 year old woman from Hoquiam was leaving the business and accidentally drove forward instead of reverse. Police also stated that the driver will likely be submitted to the DOL for a driver’s reexamination.

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 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.