Lexus vs. Fire Hydrant in Aurora Highlands

by ARLnow.com August 5, 2010 at 1:14 pm 1,672 6 Comments

A gold-colored Lexus hopped a curb and plowed into a street sign and a fire hydrant around noon today in Aurora Highlands. The fire hydrant won the battle of car vs. stationary object, but the street sign was collateral damage.

The accident happened at 19th Street South and South Kent Street. Police were investigating whether alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

  • Mr Car

    As far as “Police were investigating whether alcohol may have played a role in the crash.”

    This is something the police routinely do, with good reason. But, what do they do if they find everyone was sober ? Do they assume the driver is just unqualified and revoke their license ? If you crash your car when impaired at least you can make the case that sober , you are a good driver (not as an “excuse” but just an explaination). If you crash when sober, you have no excuse and should have your license revoked, IMO.

  • Ali

    I don’t know what the laws are in VA but you definitely get your license suspended for things like this in other states. A friend in PA, who was sober, jumped a curb and destroyed a wooden bench at a bus stop and got a 60 day suspension.

  • Dave

    Just a few days ago, my buddy was at a 4-way stop near Old Town and watched someone stop, look for traffic, and then proceed to drive straight into a telephone pole. The lady dropped something in the passenger foot area and leaned over to pick it up, taking the wheel with her. She later asked if she could drive the car home while being explained what a radiator does and why she doesn’t have one anymore.

    I’d almost assume that insurance picks up the tab if it’s found out that it was simply an accident. Not sure who the county sends the bill to (in this case) for the sign and possible hydrant damage.

  • Ali

    Possibly the perpetrator. In the case I mentioned, she had to pay to replace the bench.

  • That car was probably on its way to Shirlington Village. Somehow we attract people who can drive at 5 MPH without mowing down a streetlamp.

  • Oops, I meant to write “can’t drive” instead of “can drive.”


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