Archive for Sunday, March 3, 2013

25 years ago: Man crashes car into south Lawrence store

March 3, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 3, 1988:

A car with a stuck throttle had barged into the Ed Marling store in the Southern Hills Shopping Center on a recent Sunday night. The 1977 four-door Datsun had broken through a brick wall, crashing into a few stereos and about 20 television sets before coming to rest and then reversing, leaving behind a 5-by-10-foot hole in the wall, a partially collapsed ceiling, and debris scattered everywhere. The driver later told police that he had been leaving the shopping center's west exit onto Ousdahl when he had hit the brakes and "nothing happened," after which his car had accelerated, hitting another car before crossing Ousdahl, jumping the curb, and crashing into the building. The driver said that his car had then gone into reverse from the impact, traveling backwards across Ousdahl and coming to rest on the opposite curb. Police said mechanics tested the car's brakes and found them to be normal but discovered the throttle in a half-open position, leading the police to conclude that the driver had stepped on the throttle rather than the brakes. The man was cited for inattentive driving.

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