Driver Crashes Into CIty Home, Flown To U.Va.

Late-Night Friday Wreck Remains Under Investigation

Posted: December 8, 2012

HARRISONBURG — The 20-year-old driver of a car that was destroyed when it crashed into the side of west-side city home late Friday night is at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after sustaining serious injuries.

Harrisonburg emergency crews were dispatched to the 1700 block of West Market Street near Garbers Church Road around 11:30 p.m. for reports of a car crashing into a house.

Cpl. Daniel Claxton, with the Harrisonburg Police Department, said the driver, who is from Harrisonburg, was traveling east on West Market in a Mazda 6 sedan when he crossed into the center median and struck at least two street signs before returning to the eastbound lanes. At that point, the Mazda veered off the right side of the highway, hitting a parked vehicle and a tree before crashing into the home, Claxton said.

There were no passengers in the car.

The driver was trapped in the vehicle for about 15 minutes before city fire and rescue personnel were able to extract him from the car. 

He was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital then flown to the hospital in Charlottesville, Claxton said. Claxton was unable to confirm the nature or extent of the driver’s injuries.

Police are not releasing the name of the driver in the single-vehicle crash until any potential charges are filed, he added.

Claxton did confirm that the home the driver hit was not his own.

The house appeared to have sustained only minor damage. None of its occupants, who were at home when the crash occurred, were injured.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, Claxton said. Officers were looking into whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the wreck, he added.

Contact Candace Sipos at 574-6275 or csipos@dnronline

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