CLEVELAND, Ohio - For the fourth time in less than 18 months a vehicle has slammed into Andy Johnson’s business, RAC Incorporated, on Caine Ave in Cleveland.
Garfield Heights police were chasing the car down E. 143rd Street Thursday when the driver crashed into the brick building and then fled on foot.
“All the sudden we heard a giant boom,” said Johnson who was inside the warehouse at the time, “I’m like, oh man, again really?!”
Johnson says over the last year and a half accidents have become far too common at this business.
Last year a half a dozen collisions damaged the old guardrail so badly Cleveland city workers had to remove it.
Once it was gone and before crews could replace the guardrail a mini-van busted through a wall and demolished the office Andy shares with his wife.
“It’s just hard to deal with,” said Andy who is concerned his insurance company may drop him, “Each time is like $35,000.”
The problem is E. 143rd is a long straight street that allows fleeing suspects to reach high speeds from 50 to 90 mph, and the drivers lose control when the street dead ends into Caine Ave.
A new guardrail was installed after Fox 8 first shared Andy’s story, but Thursday the car missed it and crashed through a different part of the building.
Andy plans to speak with the Cleveland Streets Department again Friday and also Garfield Heights Police, because he says something needs to be done soon before someone is seriously hurt or killed.