Car Crashes Into Deck in Lyon Park

by ARLnow.com August 21, 2012 at 10:55 am 4,997 42 Comments


An out-of-control car crashed into the deck/patio area of a house in Lyon Park last night.

The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. The driver of the hatchback Subaru somehow lost control of the vehicle on a quiet, residential portion of 5th Street N., near the intersection with Pershing Drive. The car hopped a low curb and crashed into a wooden fence, damaging it.

Initial reports suggest the driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

  • JamesE

    Automatic, using cellphone.

    • Dude Where’s My Car

      That is the ArlNow version of posting “FIRST!!!”

      though you’re right. probably a flip-flop flopped loose and wedged under the accelerator pedal too. that’s why these things never happen in the dead of winter.

      • ian mckellan

        that is actually a serious problem

        I drive barefoot whenever I’m wearing flip-flops for that very reason

  • Ashton Heights

    People constantly speed around Pershing, and the side streets including Lincoln, Monroe, Jackson, etc. I hope this person is permanently injured. Let is be a lesson for all of you out there.

    • HighViewPunk


    • Ellen

      Supreme hater. Unfortunate. You don’t have any idea what happened and your unfortunate knee jerk reaction is ugly.

  • Arlwhat


    • cranky crankypants

      Yes, hoons that are competent launch into backyard pools or public fountains.

    • Dezlboy

      What’s a hoon?

      • sunflower

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      • WeiQiang

        … and please consult the ArlNow Blue Book.

        • Dezlboy

          Gosh, I was looking for the Arlington County Bluebook Manual!

  • Deborah Critzer

    The wreckless driving in Lyon Park has got to stop! Twenty somethings driving 30+ on residential streets. My husband was almost t-boned at 9th Street and Garfield last Friday night. Young woman went right through a stop sign going at least 30 mph and had the nerve to ask my husband if HE had a driving license.

    • anon

      As a younger resident who drives, there is nothing more annoying than hearing from the know-it-all elders of the area who assume that you’re speeding. When I was a student at Yorktown I was told to “Slow the f*ck down!” on more than one occasion when I was doing the speed limit, or under it, near the school. Granted, in your situation, the female driver was obviously at fault, but in general, people under the age of 30 are assumed to be at fault when it is just grouchy old people trying to rain on your parade.

    • 22201

      That intersection should be a 4 way stop – folks short cut at speed from Washington right down 9th St to Highland to avoid the 10th st intersection, There should be a stop on 9th st not just garfield.

    • YTK

      Reckless, definitely not Wreckless <;-)
      i agree with you 100 % — they don;t care — I was almost run over by an idiot driving a Bimmer who careened out of a parking garage and roared down 9th street..

      • VPI

        Who needs a Benz when you got a BEAMER!

        • YTK

          Benz? What a Bummer!!

  • Tom

    Driving a Subaru…

    • Tom

      Oh. Yep, was indeed driving a Subaru!

      • Dezlboy

        I don’t understand the Subaru joke? Please explain, I’m fairly new to Arlington, and wish to know all the inside scoops!

  • LB

    The TomTom must have told them to turn right…

  • YTK

    Shoulda taken the trolley

  • Roycroft

    That is a small back street one over from Pershing. Not sure how she managed to end up in that persons yard?

  • YTK

    Heard JUST before the crash:
    “Wheee! Whee Whee! Whee!!!”

  • Gymmyray

    There is a lot more traffic in Arlington and common courtesy is disappearing quickly.

  • assumption police

    She? where does it say the driver was female?

    • assumption police

      supposed to be reply to Roycroft

      • Roycroft

        sorry she/he

    • LB

      LOL. It’s funny cause it’s probably true…

    • Saudi Man

      Do we really need to ask?

  • DarkHeart

    Not too far from Pio Pio. Did they catch the stabbing perp yet?

  • sorry! a friend of mine (she’s a rabbit) was manning the brake/gas pedals and i (a wolf) was trying to steer.

    and we were hammered.

    • And Here…

      And here I always thought that you were a coyote…..just goes to show.

  • Dezlboy

    Texting on cellphone. Takes only one glance down at phone to lose your bearings, and then over correct, and crash. And, even when just talking on cellphone, you are distracted. I know I am. 🙂

  • Ralph

    5th Street is very dangerous.

    They need to install bollards.

  • Mary-Austin

    Reminds me of the Subaru Impreza driven by Ethan Tremblay in Due Date.

  • More FUD

    I don’t get it. It looks like a normal parking job around here.

    My second guess would be that they were trying to change their motor oil.

  • NoVapologist

    I think it’s pretty clear from the picture that the accident was caused by stray blocks of wood and stone that got caught under the car’s tires.

  • MrsD

    Take a closer look at the license plate, I think it is a veteran. So maybe cut the person some slack. Instead of driving and talking on a cell phone maybe it was someone trying to drive without a limb, maybe getting use to a prosthetic?

    • C Spackler

      1) A disabled person would also qualify for a permanent disabled plate. (which I’m not seeing)

      2) Even if disabled, a person must show that they can competently operate the motor vehicle in order to be licensed.

  • 5th Street Gang

    Great speculation by many, but DUI is the cause.


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