VIDEO: Car Slams Into Strongsville Courtroom
By Autumn Ziemba, Fox 8 News Reporter
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Call it fate, or something more.
A car crashes into a normally busy courtroom, but this time, even the driver walks away without a scratch.
Strongsville Mayor’s Court went from quiet to chaos in an instant, just after 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Police say a 79-year-old man driving a Buick crashed through the side of the building, after failing to negotiate a turn on the road.
The impact sent metal doors, brick and concrete flying through the room.
The amazing images were captured as surveillance cameras rolled from multiple angles, showing the crash as well as nearby officers who ran to help the driver.
“We had an officer that was actually finishing his tour of duty, getting in his car ready to leave, that heard the impact. So he was actually one of the first people that entered the room, to make sure that (the driver) was okay, that there wasn’t a fire,” said Strongsville Police Lt. Mark Fender.
Lt. Fender was in awe describing the force of the impact.
“You have basically a three-thousand pound vehicle striking a set of doors,” he explained. “The debris that entered into the room made it all the way across the other side, so you’ve got chairs, lighting, fixtures in this room that were completely damaged.”
Fender estimated about $100,000 worth of damage, from gouged walls to woodwork, to an oil-stained carpet which marks the spot where the car came to a rest.
The car also took out two entire rows of courtroom seating, which luckily were empty at the time.
Some might call it luck, but Lt. Fender has another word: “I believe the city of Strongsville has been blessed by nobody being injured,” he said. “God just lovingly protected the city that evening.”
Police say the elderly driver walked away with only minor injuries. Fender said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
The accident is still under investigation.