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Car Rams into Westover Storefront

by ARLnow.com September 14, 2011 at 9:01 am 3,480 28 Comments

A car rammed into the Grand Hunan Chinese Carry-Out restaurant in the Westover Shopping Center last night.

The accident happened around 7:45 p.m. The car hopped a curb and slammed into a low brick wall, coming to rest across the sidewalk. Amazingly, no one was hurt.

The brick wall was damaged, but there was only minor damage inside the restaurant.

Photo (top) courtesy Anne W.

  • ArlForester

    Were any of the cats injured?

    • Richard Cranium

      No – the kitchen was closed at the time.

    • Canuckhouse

      hey, i like their (cat) hot noodles soup, $7.95 of deliciousness

  • CrystalMikey

    Not a Toyota?

    • drax

      It had to be a Hyundai, driven by a woman. I learned it on ArlNow.

  • Lou

    I like their food. I know, it’s about as basic and generic as you can get for “Chinese take-out”, but it’s consistently good.

    • Based on the Yelp reviews, you’re in the majority. I’m disappointed every time I venture across the street to try it. Terrible, terrible food IMO.

  • KARLington

    Thank god. That place is my husband’s favorite source for awful Chinese food and he’d be distraught if operations were curtailed somehow. Good crowd of 7-11 kooks checking things out, BTW.

  • JimPB

    Perhaps a prompt for upgrading the Westover strip for drive-through services.

    How about a return to the Westover Market and its beer garden. WHen we’ve been by this summer, the beer garden’s seats were usually close to filled with folks engaged in conversation with one another. Wonderful to have such gatherings. And singing has resumed. Wonderful that local vocalists have this setting for performing.

  • little johnny fudgepack

    Is that a brown flip-flop on the sidewalk in the 2nd photo?

  • Suburban Not Urban

    So when will the county use this an excuse to scrap the look and feel of Westover and redesign it as a monolithic build to the street block with no parking and traffic calming measures.

  • dallynd

    The music at Westover Beer Garden has not fully resumed. Construction is underway and there are a bunch of restrictions (anyone have a decibel meter handy?)

    $10 says the driver of that car was going to the Forrest Inn. 😉

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      There are several DB Meter apps that work quite well.

    • Marc

      I wouldn’t take that bet. The Forrest Inn is a much bigger problem to the Westover community than the noise from beer garden ever was or will be.

      • Huh?

        OK, you’ve piqued my interest. Do elaborate.

        • Marc

          The problem isn’t so much the Inn itself but the clientele it attracts. I’ve seen people blind drunk stumble out of the Forrest Inn and get into cars in the parking lot behind the strip and drive away.

          How’s that for a neighborhood problem?

          • Lou

            Did you call the police?

      • Bob

        Hey, leave those guys alone. They’re harmless, quiet, and Very Nice folks. Even bought my dog a Frost Paw once, which kicked off a pretty emotional story about how one of them missed his old dog. I wish bars in Clarendon had drunks that friendly.

  • y8s

    It was probably someone swerving around me as I crossed the street near the big “YIELD TO PEDS” sign. On that stretch of Wash Blvd “YIELD TO PEDS” tends to be interpreted as “via the sidewalk at high speed”.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      That’s the truth. I’ve seen cars keep right on going and not slow down when pedestrians are crossing at there with those signs displayed.

    • Marc

      I saw a car run over the YIELD TO PEDS sign once, although I admit there were no pedestrians in the crosswalk at the time.

  • Roquer

    First they have the roof fire, now a car inside. It’s getting harder and harder to get a good Chinese dinner in Westover

  • CA

    I was wondering why all those fire trucks were there.

  • ClarendonGUY

    F*k yo Couch!

  • Melissa

    I spoke with one of the owners at Grand Hunan today. She said it was a young woman in her 20s who ran into the storefront and also one of their cars parked outside. She said the young woman was shaken and very apologetic. She hit the parked car, then in the process of re-positioning, she probably accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake. A bad night all around.

    • Marc

      I can confirm Melissa’s account. I found out who the young woman was that ran into the storefront. She is devastated by this. She was backing out of the spot when she got honked at and panicked driving forward out of the way.

      She is now signed up for additional driving lessons.

  • Barbara

    I agree with Marc. Have lived in area for 25 years. Forrest Inn is for drunks. Lou: Call the police? To give them a description of a car driven by a drunk who took off down Washington Blvd? Are you serious? Do you actually think that would accomplish an arrest? By the time the police showed up (and I think the police in Arlington have very good response times—and I’ve called many times over the years for emergencies), the drunk driver would be LONG GONE and next to impossible to find.

    • Lou

      They put out look-outs for drunks drivers all the time over the police radio.

      I think it’s kind of pathetic that you would see a drunk driver and not report it to the police. So get off your high horse.

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