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Cadillac Crashes Into Lee Highway Beauty Salon

by ARLnow.com June 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm 4,233 27 Comments

The scene wasn’t pretty, but thankfully nobody was injured when a Cadillac crashed into a Lee Highway beauty salon this morning.

The crash happened just before 11:30 a.m., when an elderly female driver lost control of her vehicle in a strip mall parking lot. The car slammed through the front into Saira’s Beauty Salon, at 5117 Lee Highway, coming to rest partially inside the store. The driver then backed out of the store and into the parking lot, leaving broken glass, twisted metal and smashed bricks in the car’s wake.

Customers and employees were inside the store at the time, but nobody was hurt, including the driver. The store is currently without a door, windows and the front air conditioning unit. The Caddy suffered some scratches and a broken sunroof.

  • Rick

    I wish she had taken a left and kept driving after she got in the salon. I also wish that was a H1 instead of a sedan

    • Rosslynite

      You got something against Raffis?

  • NomNom

    Is it the driver that is getting her hair done in the third photo?

  • Stu Pendus

    That’s probably the driver’s granddaughter.

    • NomNom

      No no, there is an elderly woman in the right corner of the third photo.

      • Stu Pendus

        Sorry, humor fail.

  • John Fontain

    Word has it the elderly driver was browsing ARLnow on her iphone while driving and had just seen the article on the Testicle Festival as she went to pull into her parking space.

  • CW

    How does this happen…so…often…???!

  • yequalsy

    What, she couldn’t find a farmers market?

  • MB

    Seriously, people, get your parents/grandparents off the street when it’s time.

    • Clarendude

      It will be a more common thing as the baby boomers transition into their 70’s+ and most of which probably can’t comprehend a life without driving.

      • Stu Pendus

        I guess it will really pay to be an orthopaedist in about 70 years when the current 20 somethings are all slipping on the ice trying to cross the street to get a cupcake.

        • Clarendude

          I’ll die happy if I go by slipping on the ice while walking to get my cupcake and coffee in my 90’s.

        • CW

          70 years from now we will be able to print out real cupcakes off the internet and eat them.

    • Sean

      My father-in-law, who is quite elderly, is practically blind and has been so for many years. Unbelievably, he still has a Maryland drivers license. Fortunately, he never drives, but it’s shocking that he keeps being issued a drivers license by Maryland.

      And how is he able to pass the eye exams, you might ask? Because Maryland permits you to get a note from an eye doctor stating that your vision meets the legal requirements. And my father-in-law has found a doctor who is willing to hand out such a note even for someone whose eye site makes them a hazard to everyone on the road. Really scary.

      • Dave

        Not shocking at all. Actually that pretty much agrees with my observations of all Maryland drivers.

      • MB

        I ask this with all sincerity (and understanding of how hard it can be) – doesn’t your wife have an obligation to put an end to that? Yes, I think the state should institute mandatory driver’s tests, on a bi-annual basis, from age 70 onwards. But I think that’s a long long way off, and I think it should only really serve as back-up to our own personal efforts. There was a really rough situation in my family – he had no business on the road, but I understood (imagined?) how tough it was to be told that. But really, not getting past the awkwardness of it puts a lot of people in literal mortal danger. I’d much rather have the awkward conversation with my mother than have to help her deal with the aftermath of a fatal crash.

        • Sean

          @MB: Put an end to what? The man never drives. Ever. He has a license, but he does not use it. He has not driven a single time in about 10 years.

          I think having a license helps him hold onto a feeling of independence even though his independence is, in reality, long gone. If it makes the man feel good, who cares so long as he never really tries to drive.

          • MB

            Ah. I was under the impression that he was out there driving. Thanks.

  • Joe Hoya

    As long as Caribbean Grill survives, olds can run into that strip mall all they want.

    • yequalsy

      Amen. Speaking of restaurants what do people think about the Bangladeshi restaurant that replaced Yorktown Bistro? I’ve been there once. It’s better than the Bistro — like that’s hard — but ehhh. Service was confused and erratic. Food was so so. Maybe it’s too early to tell for sure but I was underwhelmed.

      • Sean

        I live across the street but have not tried the new restaurant yet, so I am also curious to know what folks think. Yorktown Bistro was not a great restaurant and won’t be missed, although I will say their pizza was fairly tasty.

  • Sean

    I dare someone to call the salon and ask if they offer drive-through service.

  • Dan

    Just trying to recreate Bardo’s………

  • ArlForester

    This is the same block where someone drove into the 7-11 years ago. I like how those people react to things they don’t like! Next time you will give her the correct shade of blue.

    • Lou

      7-11 got smashed into only about 2 years ago, but it has happened on more than one occasion, not really sure why people have such trouble finding “R” on their auto transmission.

      The snarky comments are because the Garden City strip mall has been a problem and an eyesore for decades, but since each individual storefront is privately owned, the chances of the whole thing getting a facelift are quite small.

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