Car Crashes into Front Porch of Apartment Building

by ARLnow.com March 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm 7,270 48 Comments

(Update at 7:10 p.m.) A woman somehow drove her car onto the front porch of an apartment building in the Columbia Heights West neighborhood this afternoon.

The accident happened at the corner of 8th Road S. and S. Emerson Street. A witness tells ARLnow.com that the driver was trying to back into a street parking spot when she lost control, hit the front of a Honda, drove in a U-turn in the front yard of the building and came to rest on the front porch. In the process, the woman’s car took out one of the porch’s columns.

We’re told the small, three-story apartment building is currently vacant.

The woman did not appear injured, though her car suffered significant damage to the drivers side. Firefighters from Fairfax County managed to drive the car off the front porch and into a nearby parking lot.

  • nom de guerre


    • drax

      And we’re done.

    • CrystalMikey

      Oh no…and it’s a Camry!

  • Scoot Scoot

    Beat me to it.

  • OldTimer

    I am just wordless here, so I’ll just wait for the other posts.

    • kdub

      +1; all I got is: “um, wow.”

      • +1

        but I am giggling about this one.

  • brendan


  • Transplant

    Lol! That’s why you never let your women do parallel parking.

    • Eponymous Coward

      That’s a registered Zipcar spot.

      • OldTimer

        Soon to be Cap Area Bike Share…

  • geezer

    obviously the scofflaw, lycra wearing porch was to blame.

  • Richard Cranium

    A standard-shifting porch wouldn’t have found itself in that situation.

  • nunya

    “some how”

    im glad she’s OK.

    now, some how a piece of chocolate is going to fall into my mouth.

    • OldTimer

      …and “some how” a finger of scotch will be poured (not bitten off) 45 minutes early today…

      • nunya

        you have 10 finger. pace yourself. some how, i think you will.

        • nunya


          • OldTimer

            Plural indeed!

  • nom de guerre

    Either a diplomat or from Maryland.

    • WeiQiang

      Looks like California tags

      • Citizen Sane

        Why would California tags have the word Virginia on them? Or were you trying to make a joke?

        • WeiQiang

          The car with the VA tags is the Honda that was hit. The Camry that parallel parked against the building has CA tags.

  • ArlingtonSouth

    And it’s time for the DMV to actually start denying driver’s licenses with ruthless intensity!

  • thatguy

    I wonder if we know what part of Asia she was from.

    • ArlWriter


  • CW


  • Bender


    The structure in the photograph is a duplex.

    A duplex is not an apartment building.

    • AuntTillie

      Ummm, wrong…

      Apartment: a room or a group of related rooms, among similar sets in one building, designed for use as a dwelling. Any separated room or group of rooms in a house or other dwelling.

      So a room someone is renting out in their basement is one type of apartment, just as a duplex is another type of apartment. A duplex that is made up entirely of apartments is an “apartment building”.

    • Eric

      That is what I am saying here too. That is the opposite of an apartment building.

    • drax

      Nope, see pic 5.

      • Chris

        Nope, Chuck Testa

    • Maria

      Geez, people really will argue about anything.

      • awh hells bells

        At least the driver wasn’t putting dog poo in your trashcan.

        • Maria

          Maybe she did and was trying get away.

  • Greg

    If you told me I had to choose between being on the road with this woman and a drunk person… I’d have to see how drunk the person was first.

  • other side of the river

    Good thing it wasn’t in Donaldson Run. She might have drowned.

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    Take her license and shred it.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    How in the world can someone lose control of their car while parking? (rhetorical question) She must have had one heavy foot on the accelerator.

    • novasteve

      It’s someone who drives a Camry. Think about it. These people have given up on life by the mere fact they chose to spend money on a Camry.

      • Bluemontsince1961


  • novasteve

    Man, if I were dictator I would pass federal laws banning a utomatic transmissions and a ban on Camrys in the left lane.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      Huh? WTH??

  • YTK

    So, was she texting? On her Cellphone? Both?
    (Both? Yes – I’ve seen it being done in a PUBLIC vehicle)

  • YTK

    “Hey boss– I’m gonna be a LITTLE bit late today– there’s a car blocking my door- – what? Jump out the window? Um Idon’tthinkso….”

  • ArlForester

    Columbia Heights West? What is with the incessant need to name every area? Give the address and that works just fine.

  • Apollo

    lol girls can’t drive lol


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