Car Flips on Roof Near Patrick Henry Elementary

by ARLnow.com October 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm 7,092 73 Comments

A car flipped on its roof after running into a parked car across from Patrick Henry Elementary School today.

The accident happened just past noon near the intersection of 7th Street S. and Garfield Street. A silver Mazda driven by a female driver apparently ran into the back of a car that was parked on the side of the street. The collision caused the Mazda to flip on its roof.

Firefighters responded with heavy rescue equipment to pull the trapped driver from the overturned car. She was placed on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital via ambulance for what were reported to be minor injuries. Nobody else was in the two cars at the time of the accident.

  • Captain_Obvious

    100% chance a cell phone was involved in distracting the driver…
    At least its only minor injuries…lucky.

  • Arlingtoon

    Hope she hit “send” before they extricated her from the car.

  • Homeowner

    What’s with all the car flippings lately? Is it just the vehicular version of spontaneous combustion?

    • Rich D’Bag

      Flip Cup isn’t upscale enough for us. We’ve moved on to Flip Coupe.

      • Impressed

        Play of words… very smart. How long did that take you? Lets see if you can come up with another one.

        • drax

          She should have Dodged that car. Instead, she Corollad over. She had to Escape.

          • whaaaaa

            Ford Jeep’s sakes, this is Xterrabile! Hyundai ever get her Audi?

          • Zelora


          • Susan B. Anthony

            She Mazda been distracted.

          • sunflower

            personally, i’d never buy a flippin mazda

          • James B.

            I used to own a Mazda Miata. Most fun car I’ve ever driven! :’D

          • James B.

            Never managed to flip it though. Some people just hog all the fun! :’P

          • sunflower

            i heard her say “get miata here!”

    • Michael H.

      People driving too fast. People driving while texting. People driving while websurfing. People driving while trying to find something in their bag/purse. People driving while drunk. And on and on and on.

      For some reason, many people think it’s OK to drive recklessly. And many other people think it’s OK that drivers kill tens of thousands of Americans every year.

  • Richard Cranium

    Does this mean that the bank robberies are going to start happening again too?

  • Wow&Flutter

    automatic + #malarkey

    • B22201

      Definitely an automatic driver.

      They’re the worst!

  • Ottomatic

    I was thinking it had been a while since a car had flipped.

    • Becoming indifferent

      What, a week?

  • Just a thought

    Next time stop doing your make-up and concentrate on the road…

  • bum

    New law. Every person who flips a car has to repave one road.

  • SomeGuy

    …driven by a female driver…

    Superfluous verbiage. In a few ways.

    • Ira

      Women should not be allowed to drive. Next thing you know, they’ll be allowed to vote.

      • Susan B. Anthony

        If I knew then what I know now…

      • Becoming indifferent

        Here! Here!

        • Josh S

          Hear? Hear?

  • HappyCyclist

    If drivers are going to continue to drive recklessly, flouting the law right and left, we will need to reconsider allowing cars and trucks on our roads.

    • GF

      Yes they get in the way of our ability to
      aim our projectiles at the scofflaw cyclists

    • drax

      Time for a car roundup!

  • CW

    If this were posted on Greater Greater Washington, there would have been 50 comments thus far about how a car can’t flip, the driver had to flip it, and people would be calling Alpert a hack and not a real urbanist and demanding that he change the title.

    • WeiWeiQiang

      … then we’d be arguing about how the verb ‘flip’ can be either transitive or intransitive. Then it’s ON.

      • wockney canker

        flippin’ ‘eck!

  • GF

    All we need is a flop and we can have another debate

  • Zelora

    I wonder whether crows came? Some years ago there was a BANG near my workplace. I thought it was some dumpster truck dropping a dumpster. Next a huge number of crows came and started cawing and circling the neighborhood. That got me to go out and look. A collision between two cars at an intersection had resulted in a van-flipping. The driver was unhurt (seat belts work!), but apparently the crows had been hoping for some DEAD DRIVER MEAT!
    You’ve got to admit, it’s pretty adaptive of crows to figure out that a huge metallic BANG might mean FEEDING TIME. (Though I should hope and imagine crows rarely get anything out of such incidents.)

    • Ned

      I highly doubt that’s why they were there – how do you know it wasn’t just a flock of crows that were nearby that got disburbed by the noise and took flight?

      • Zelora

        Well, poo to you, Ned. We never know what crows are thinking, but what I noticed was crows headed over there and hanging around excitedly like vultures.

        But of course, as an older female, I should not even drive at all, much less with the automatic transmission that I need and love. How could I know anything about crows except how to bake them in a pie? How could I know anything about anything?

    • your usage of CAPITAL LETTERS is really DRAWING me into the story, please KEEP GOING (please).

    • Don Van vliet

      It’s so hot
      looks like you have three beaks crow
      the moon’s so full
      white hat on a pumpkin
      you know there’s something
      the moon was a stone’s throw
      stop the show
      I need to say hello
      to the crow
      light the fire piano
      the moon showed up
      and it started to show
      tonight there’d be ice cream
      ice cream for crow

  • novasteve

    If we did a study on this car flippings, do you th ink most or all of them woudl be automatics?

    • drax

      Yes, because most cars are automatics.

      But we won’t be doing that study.

    • JamesE

      Considering 95% of all cars are automatics, yes.

      • novasteve

        That speaks very poorly about the people in this country. Ever gone to Europe and rented a car? You better know how to drive a stick unless you are rich.

        • Bon Air

          ‘That speaks very poorly about the people in this country.’

          Not really. What truly speaks poorly about the people in this country is how fat and ignorant so many of them are.

          • Josh S

            Are you calling steve fat?

        • ARLResident

          So we should emulate Europe on whether cars are automatic, but we shouldn’t emulate them on cycling and bikeshare? I sure hope you aren’t suggesting that we emulate their economic and fiscal policies.

    • Captain_Obvious

      What’s the deal with your hate toward automatics ?

      • Bluemontsince1961

        He hates just about everything. Remember, just about all drivers are incompetent, except for him.

        • HappyCyclist

          I’m not sure he’s that far wrong on that

          • effette snob

            He’s better than all these show-offs who have never been to Thailand or Germany and don’t knwo how to drive a stick

        • ARLResident

          He also has this bizarre concern that the new fitness equipment along Four Mile Run Trail will somehow be used by criminals to commit rapes. Seriously. Look at his comment on the post from a couple days ago. Truly bizarre.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Oh, and according to his worldview, the only competent drivers are those that have manual shift cars. All drivers of automatics in his view are incompetent.

        • i actually got the impression that he thought having an automatic allows the driver to space out on other things like texting or what not – whereas having a manual actually does make u pay attention more…

          but maybe that’s just me trying to inject some logic, who knows.

          • novasteve

            Seems like wolves are more logical in their thoughts than a lot of humans are.

          • confused

            so what do we do with higher speed roads where drivers can stay in 5th constantly, making driving the stick equivalent to driving an automatic?

            I know – lets not have any more roads like that!!!!

        • DCBuff

          Works for me.



    • GF

      I hope Mrs Floyd finally got a hold of Mr Floyd.

      • Pink

        This is the United States calling. Are we reaching…

        • Hmmm

          There are no phones on the dark side…..what would the point be ??

    • FrenchyB

      Stop shouting, Ian.

  • Unconstructive.

    Why are you speculating? Did you see that she was on a cell phone? Maybe there was a medical emergency. Arlnow, I realize you generate revenue from clicks and comments, but ick, it’s gotten really bad on here. I rarely read anything remotely constructive, and half the time it doesn’t even apply to the story.

    And before you tell me not to read the comments, they are hard to avoid when you click on a story and read the article. I notice hardly any comments show up on the FB links, I guess people don’t want to put their real names behind their inanity.

    • Glebe Roader

      I agree with you about many of the comments. However, they *are* easy to avoid. The comments aren’t imbedded within the test of the story, the comments are always below. If you don’t want to read the comments, don’t go past the big, black “comments” bar at the end.

    • novasteve

      If there were a medical emergency, and the person is driving an automatic, the car can continue to move forward. With a manual the car will eventually stall. If you passed out at a stop and your foot comes off the brakes in an automatic, the car will start moving forward.

  • JohnB

    Nice work ACFD.

  • South Awwlington

    Conn Plates…

    • DCBuff

      By way of MD. I’m still trying to figure out how this wasn’t an SUV.

  • Around the Block

    That’s my neighborhood…the car is only 20-30 feet from a three way intersection (i.e., she couldn’t have driven straight through). The point I’m trying to make is how is it possible she was driving fast enough to flip the car?

    • 7-11-bum

      That’s what I thought – how could anyone go fast enough to flip their car there – especially in the vicinity of an elementary school and multiple stops???? I’ve seen people going at least 60mph through the neighborhood, though its usually men and in the evening (and I laugh when they scrape the undercarriage of their cars on the speed ‘humps”.) Side note – Maryland driver may be bad (moreso crazy), but drivers around here are just plain stupid and oblivious.

    • Chauvinist

      The operative word is “she.”

      • Suzy

        What was it doing driving on someone’s roof?

  • James B.

    Based on how popular these car flip stories are, somebody could make some money setting up a local car show with some junkers and flipping them. Heck, turn them back over and see if they’ll run for a second flip. I’d pay to see that! :’D

  • James B.

    Also, we taking bets on when the next car drives into a CVS?

  • NoVA RN

    Diplomat plates.

    I’m shocked.


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