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Driver hits building in apt. complex

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McHenry County, Illinois

Driver hits building in apt. complex

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
October 19, 2011


Chrysler PacificaPhoto by Joe Tambone


Yesterday a driver from Harvard didn't hit her brakes hard enough or in time and smashed into an entrance to a building at the Willow Brooke Apartments in Woodstock. She was lucky, and certainly any residents or visitors of the building were extremely lucky.

The Northwest Herald carried a short story about it this morning but didn't run a photo. The paper's headline referred to the vehicle as a "minivan".Is this vehicle a "minivan"?

Woodstock Police and Woodstock Fire Rescue responded. The woman, who was not identified in the newspaper article, was not charged with any violation, probably because the crash happened on private property.

Isn't there a vehicular control agreement in effect between Willow Brooke Apartments and the Woodstock Police Department? Such an agreement would allow the police to enforce Illinois traffic laws in the parking lots of the apartment community.

What would cause a driver to turn into a parking space but fail to stop? Distracted driving? Cell phone in use? Texting? Reading a text message? Fiddling with a radio dial? Paying attention to a child or animal in the car, instead of watching where the car was going?



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