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jeg

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Sep 15 2011 at 1:25pm #

I tried to find the thread about cars hitting houses but failed, so here’s another!

Apparently a car ran into Trees Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. I can’t find a news article, so I haven’t verified the story, but it looks plausible:


Mick

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Sep 15 2011 at 2:44pm #

I was at Trees Hall last night, an hour or two after the accident.

The story I got there was an eminent Karate instructor was messing with his flip flop and ran through the door and into an internal wall.

So not only is this car hitting buildings (“Well, it didn’t have any warning lights on it, did it?”), but it is also “flip-flops in the news”.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Sep 15 2011 at 3:54pm #

So wait… the karate instructor karate-chopped the wall in his flip-flops? Impressive.


caitlin

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Sep 15 2011 at 5:29pm #

this summer, LOTS of trees were hit by cars. especially near the corner of negley and penn and in a one mile radius from there.


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 15 2011 at 10:45pm #

Coordinated effort? Or random stupidity & bad luck?


stefb

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Sep 16 2011 at 9:08am #

There was another car that had a house jump out in front of it in Baldwin overnight. I hate people.


poboy

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Sep 16 2011 at 1:46pm #

oh I was there! I was changing in the locker room and heard the LOUDEST noise, it sounded like a piece of roof fell in or something. When I went to leave, there was a white SUV that had crashed through those rear doors by the pool and went ALL the way through – the whole car was in Trees hall. Paramedics had a guy on a stretcher, no one was seriously hurt, and there was water EVERYWHERE.


salty

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Sep 19 2011 at 3:41am #

maybe people in cars heard they’re lazy and are just trying to find alternative ways to work out?

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11260/1175601-100.stm


Marko82

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Sep 19 2011 at 11:41am #

Those Damn pools should stay on the trails!


rachel_ding

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Sep 19 2011 at 1:34pm #

Sorry to bring up a sad event, but flip-flops were also to “blame” when the teen killed cyclist Donald Parker (RIP) with his car.

These stories add to my general dislike of flip-flops and I wish to see them in the news no more! They only bring bad news.


erok

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Sep 19 2011 at 1:46pm #

did anyone see this video posted on urban velo? not in pittsburgh, but HOLY HELL!

http://urbanvelo.org/car-smashes-into-rock-and-road-cyclery/

watch it, then keep this in mind

Three people suffered minor injuries when an 86-year-old driver barreled completely through the store at about 5 p.m. Tuesday….The car continued some 100 feet or more through the store, plowing through a concrete wall into a newly built studio and slammed into the back wall with the back wheels still spinning.

When store employees reached the woman, she still was pushing the gas pedal to the floor. The car was leaking some kind of fluid and the spinning tires had melted a hole in the floor, filling the store with smoke.


Mick

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Sep 19 2011 at 2:15pm #

@erok did anyone see this video posted on urban velo?

Erok, is there a story behind that? Did she have a stroke? Was she angry at the mean bicyclists that are stealing her roads? Dementia?


erok

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Sep 19 2011 at 2:21pm #

don’t know. there is a link to the story from the UV post. she apparently went back to the shop the next day to view the video


erok

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Sep 19 2011 at 2:22pm #

oh, she was parked in front and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake


Mick

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Sep 19 2011 at 2:58pm #

And, of course, the standard question for cases like this (aside: you wouldn’t think this would be common enough for there to be “cases like this” but – alas! – ther are quite a few of them.):

Did the store have blinkie lights in front? Was it wearing reflective clothing?

Obviously the store wasn’t watching traffic vigilantly enough.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Sep 19 2011 at 3:00pm #

C’mon, Mick, that store had no business being so close to a road anyway. AND, it had no helmet on. That store was clearly just another scoff-law bicycle shop.


ieverhart

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Sep 21 2011 at 1:34am #

This was a while ago, but to have all of these stories of reckless buildings and completely not negligent drivers in one place, I should post this here:

http://pittnews.com/newsstory/car-crashes-into-barco-law-building/


salty

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Sep 21 2011 at 1:39am #

The scraps of black plastic left behind made it look as if the woman had driven between two concrete pillars about 15 feet apart, straight through a narrow space between the curve of David Lawrence and another pillar about 10 feet away, and then down the nearby stairs before making impact with the Barco Law Building.

Is that supposed to imply this might have been intentional? also:

Kyle Deroner, a Pitt senior, was in Towers Garage when he saw the crash. Deroner, who was also driving at the time, saw the woman was about to leave the garage when she abruptly reversed. The car then “floored it across the street … and head-on into the building,” he said.


sloaps

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Sep 21 2011 at 1:02pm #

Another One! Woman hits house for the second time…


erok

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Sep 21 2011 at 1:37pm #

“First time it happened, my daughter’s car was parked right there,” Stocke said. “The same lady actually ran into the car and knocked it halfway off the wall.”

He added that he thinks it may be time for the woman to give up her driver’s license.


erok

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Sep 21 2011 at 1:59pm #

http://www.wtae.com/news/29251874/detail.html

PITTSBURGH — A car slammed into the first floor of an apartment building on Memory Lane in the Hill District overnight, crashing directly into a bedroom occupied by a woman and her boyfriend.

According to the woman, her boyfriend — who was already paralyzed from the waist down from a previous car accident — was sleeping in bed and has been taken to a hospital for injuries.

Police have said that they do not plan to file any charges against the driver at this time and are still investigating as to how this crash happened.


sloaps

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Sep 21 2011 at 2:04pm #

Sweet Baby Jane! I think that guy who’s paralyzed from a previous car accident would now move to a place where cars are verboten…


stefb

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Sep 21 2011 at 2:48pm #

Wait- there is a memory lane in the city?


rsprake

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Sep 21 2011 at 4:11pm #

I don’t know what you have to do in order to have charges filed against you. Her high heel got stuck therefore she was DOING IT WRONG and she be held liable for everything and have her license suspended until she can prove she’s responsible enough to have one.

Here is another one. This woman has run into the same house twice now.


floggingdavy

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Sep 21 2011 at 4:18pm #

Someone crashed their car into Barb’s Corner Kitchen on Butler a few weeks ago, too.


Tabby

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Sep 21 2011 at 4:19pm #

high heels and flip flops are out for me when driving. I know that I CAN do it and have in the past, but now I always take off my right shoe if it’s iffy for driving. As for driving barefoot being a no-no, I say whatever. In a time sensitive situation I can’t be worried about the placement of my shoes on the pedal.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe

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Sep 21 2011 at 7:08pm #

It’s about time we had some laws to prohibit these buildings from being so close to these roads. Roads are for cars. Period. Buildings, light poles, bridge abutments, etc., all need to be removed to a safe distance to permit the free unfettered use of automobiles. Flip-flops get stuck. High heels get stuck. God forbid that should happen and a building should get in the way and damage a vehicle.


Willie

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Sep 21 2011 at 7:15pm #

Jeez now I have to worry about cars hitting me inside my house too!!!


erok

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Sep 21 2011 at 8:05pm #

it’s incredible how much money goes to repair private and public property because of damage from bad drivers. i wouldn’t doubt that more money is spent fixing the infrastructure that is destroyed by cars than that goes into all the bicycle infrastructure combined


Pseudacris

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Sep 21 2011 at 8:08pm #

On the up side, if these news reports are any gauge, it might be safer to be out on a bike than sitting around at home.


erok

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Sep 21 2011 at 8:18pm #

I am never sitting around at home again.


sloaps

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Sep 21 2011 at 8:24pm #

who can say cars and houses cannot be together?

All these barriers to keep then apart; so bigoted.


ejwme

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Sep 22 2011 at 3:03pm #

we should ban all buildings to special trails outside the city limits. That would leave the roadways and parking lots inside the city limits safe for cars. One giant demolition derby. The winner can have a bicycle and is permitted to rejoin civilization AHEM venture out to where the buildings have been banished too.


ejwme

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Sep 22 2011 at 3:03pm #

double post?


steevo

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Sep 22 2011 at 10:01pm #

A “transport U” van is smashed into a

building in the strip right now.

They and A1 transport are the worst drivers

(outside of towtrucks) int he city.


erok

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Sep 23 2011 at 1:31pm #

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/09/23/vehicle-shears-utility-pole-overnight-in-oakland/

Officials say police have found the driver who sheared a utility pole early this morning in Oakland.

The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. on Morewood Avenue.

The impact of the crash brought live wires crashing to the ground.

Authorities later found the vehicle abandoned at Morewood Avenue and Castleman Street in Shadyside.

Police have reportedly located the driver, but the circumstances surrounding the crash remain unclea


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 23 2011 at 6:13pm #

Details such as those that are missing here rarely come to light. Maybe the police and a precious few will ever know what really happened, when what really happened is all we (I anyway) care about. i.e., “yeah I know the power went off at 12:30 a.m., and yeah I can see the pole down and the damaged car, but wth happened, really?”


salty

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Sep 23 2011 at 8:13pm #

Clearly the telephone pole was drunk and made the guy swerve right into it.


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 23 2011 at 8:28pm #

Drunk car driver, totals a pole and probably the car, darkens the whole neighborhood for a couple hours, multiple sets of personnel involved in cleanup (police, fire, EMS, utility crews, tow service, etc.). Easily a hundred thousand of dollars in damage and man-hours-equivalent of labor involved. Someone pays for all this, eventually.

Drunk bike rider, runs smack into a pole, gets a bloody nose, tacos the front wheel, carries bike the rest of the way home. $40 for a new wheel, all on him.

Any questions?


Marko82

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Sep 23 2011 at 8:43pm #

Ya ever notice how those poles are always hanging around on street corners? They get what they deserve. Get a job!

Edit: telephone poles. Not that it doesnt apply to others (kidding)

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