Staffers at CNN are accustomed to being at the forefront of reporting the news. Imagine their shock when an early morning incident made them the focus of the news. Their Atlanta headquarters was the site of a crash at 4:15 a.m. today when the driver of a Mercedes Benz convertible drove through the glass facing of the CNN building and came to a stop in the lobby.
CNN sent out a Tweet to report the ‘Breaking News’ – a pun that was not lost on the public. Thankfully, no one was injured in the collision. The driver, who was found to be in possession of marijuana, admitted to having smoked marijuana prior to the accident; he has been taken into police custody. By 7 a.m. the Mercedes had been towed away and staff at CNN was sweeping up the glass shards.
Although they are not frequent, these types of accidents happen often enough that we would be remiss if we didn’t share with you information about some more recent ones. In the past few months, there have been several incidents similar to today’s CNN episode in various parts of the country.
Two weeks ago in La Mesa, CA, bystanders heard a loud crash and the sound of breaking glass when a Ford Ranger pickup truck crashed into an art gallery. Upon hearing the commotion, some reportedly thought it was caused by an earthquake. No one – including the driver – sustained injuries. Luckily, none of the art work was harmed either; even though the truck was almost entirely inside of the gallery. According to police, it is not clear what caused the accident, though the speculation is that the driver attempted to stop the vehicle and pressed the accelerator instead. It is not always the case that everyone escapes injuries in these incidents.
An elderly driver in was hospitalized after slamming into a building in South Miami, FL. Reportedly, he was in the parking garage and became confused about how to exit. Miami Fire Rescue helped to extricate the gentleman from the vehicle and transported him to South Miami Hospital to be treated for minor injuries. It is not just the driver who can require medical intervention as a result of these instances.
When a vehicle barreled through the wall of a KinderCare day care center in May in Winter Park, FL the accident tragically ended the life of a four year old child and injured 12 others – mostly children. The driver, Robert Corchado, initially left the scene of the accident; he turned himself in to police 24 hours later. Officials at KinderCare have had the building repaired, complete with the installation of concrete planters and traffic barriers to prevent similar accidents in the future.
The items we shared today are just a few of the many that have been reported recently and, as you can see, they run the gambit from non-injury to unbelievably tragic. Driver error tends to be the common denominator in these stories; however there are so many factors that influence our driving experience. The attorneys and staff at Steinger, Greene, and Feiner hope that as you are behind the wheel, you take on the role of an engaged driver. Take all precautions possible, including obeying posted speed limits, being aware of your surroundings, and staying away from distractions. These simple rules will increase your chances of avoiding accidents and arriving alive to your destination.
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