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Police Investigate Crash in Front of Ballston IHOP

by ARLnow.com March 21, 2011 at 7:30 am 2,885 17 Comments

A two-vehicle crash in front of the Ballston IHOP sent at least one person to the hospital with serious injuries early this morning.

Police shut down Fairfax Drive near Stafford Street for nearly two hours while they investigated the accident, which occurred around 2:30 a.m.

  • Overgrown Bush

    Those Denver Omlettes sure make for a good breakfast. No need to have an accident getting there though.

  • CrystalMikey

    IHOP…2:30AM? Drunk driving is bad…mmmkay?

    • LyonSteve

      If the metro was open they wouldn’t be driving /scarcasm

    • Overgrown Bush

      I’d buy the odds are good of a drunk driver at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning….but on Monday morning? Maybe, but not as good.

      • Hope

        Alcoholics don’t care what day of the week it is.

        • Lou

          That’s why IHOP is open 24/7

        • Overgrown Bush

          Perhaps. There just aren’t as many drinking establishments open at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.

  • Rebecca

    I agree with Hope. No one goes to IHOP at 2:30 AM unless they’re drunk or high. Seriously.

    • Overgrown Bush

      The limited-information only states the accident happened in front of the IHOP and in no way indicated one or both drivers was at the IHOP.

    • DudeGuy

      Not true at all. I used to go all the time when I was pulling all-nighters for school. It is a good break and within walking distance.

  • NArl

    If they need a good defense attorney I know one.

  • Virginia^2

    I don’t know the circumstances of this particular crash but Fairfax Drive (or Arlington, generally) seems pretty dangerous with its lack of dedicated turn lanes. I know that wide medians with some trees are more attractive than a shared/center turn lane, but they substantially reduce visibility. When there are cars waiting to turn left in both directions at an intersection, the median means that those cars are offset from each other and blocking the view of oncoming traffic.

    I walk more than I drive, so I also recognize that the medians serve as a useful island for pedestrians. At the same time, when people can’t see, they take risks to make the light, and that isn’t exactly safe for pedestrians.

  • Mezzotenor

    Agree with DudeGuy. Perhaps a driver was tipsy, or both, but many of us have patronized IHOP in the wee hours while being perfectly sober. The intersection is well lit, and I wonder if this was a case of someone trying to do a U-turn from Fairfax Drive heading west (towards the I-66 westbound ramp) and not watching. The Rosslyn-Ballston corridor of Metro stations has reduced a speed limit, for obvious reasons.

  • jjbug

    ‘Thanks all above for self-identifying yourselves as familiar with these places where you can appear and be similarly well sauced with alcohol. What do all of you recommend? Continue to ignore your problem or put the screws down to nail you when you drink and drive?

    Another alternative is to make the owner of any alcohol service go to jail if any of his patrons injure others because he served you liquor. Is that a better solution? Is he responsible for your absence of intelligence because you drink?

    In this incident, there is no appreciation that either driver came from, headed to, or left from the bar. Your place of enjoyment is probably managing the service of alcohol sensibly.

    Still, there are questions and I face them, too. I am an alcoholic, but I am lucky to serve myself at home and don’t drive when I have been served alcohol. My choice is not a life-enhancing bid, but I rate it better than some other possible choices.

  • Dgood

    By the way, it’s only an “accident” if the incident was unavoidable. Otherwise it really ought to be called what it is: a “crash”.

    • Wikipedia

      +1. I often find myself ending up @ IHOP after staying up all night on Wikipedia. I’ll go from one article, and keep clicking the links on and on and on. Next thing I know, it’s nearly 3am and I haven’t had dinner. And my eyes are too blurry from the screen to safely drive!

  • Rick

    It probably had something to do with the legions of cabbies that give no time of day to pedestrians/traffic lights/stafford st traffic/eachother.


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