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reddan

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Jun 17 2014 at 10:51am #

Ah, to be fair, most of the collisions listed in this thread seem to be the result of a medical condition: “cognitive failure.”


erok

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Jun 30 2014 at 8:43am #

Vehicle strikes gas line, shears off porches on North Side

http://www.post-gazette.com/image/2014/06/30/ca41,14,544,349/North-Side-crash-06302014.jpg”

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/06/30/Vehicle-strikes-gas-line-shears-off-porches-on-North-Side-Pittsburgh/stories/201406300152

I feel like there’s an epidemic of cars hitting houses on Federal St.


Swalfoort

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Jun 30 2014 at 9:01am #

Hmmm, I think I have a few ideas for the police to consider as to cause:

……Police didn’t immediately release the driver’s name, or say why they believe she crashed into the homes about 3:30 a.m. Monday….

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6370016-74/story#ixzz368BM0128


Benzo

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Jun 30 2014 at 9:02am #

Maybe they need a stop sign at alpine ave / henderson st intersection to get people to think about slowing down. Isn’t this like the 3rd time in a year that these houses have been hit?


StuInMcCandless

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Jun 30 2014 at 12:49pm #

To be fair, one of those houses hit was by a car going uphill.

This street has been here 150 years. Is this a recent thing, or has it been going on at this pace forever?

One more time, I’ll drag out my question: What was the driver doing driving, #1? i.e., was driver impaired? And what was the driver doing driving, #2? i.e, was there no transit service? OK, at 3:30 a.m., probably not,

…but should there be? The Perrysville could conceivably support 24-hour service. The Brighton had it, when any did. Late evening Perrysvilles are anything but empty.

Not “what was the cause of the crash” (DUI, bad brakes, unlicensed driver, etc.), but what was the cause of the cause of the crash? (bars that are trouble, faulty inspection shops, people allowing an unlicensed driver access to car keys) And what was the cause of the cause of the cause of the crash? (bus service, bad infrastructure, societal desire to own cars when it’s not in their best interest) … And I’m sure there are deeper things than that in play here, too.


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 14 2014 at 12:41pm #

Dump truck rams 117-year-old church in Zelienople

“The truck was going westbound on Route 68 when it hit a wooden electrical pole, street signs, a car in the church parking lot, and finally the church itself.”

Apparently the self-driving trucks of our future aren’t quite ready for prime time yet.


Marko82

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Jul 17 2014 at 5:10pm #

“Car slams into tree, narrowly missing home with sleeping child inside” http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/car-slams-tree-narrowly-missing-home-sleeping-chil/nghJ7/


Pseudacris

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Jul 22 2014 at 7:17pm #

AUTOZONE – W’BURG…

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/07/21/injuries-avoided-after-vehicle-crashes-into-auto-zone-store/


Marko82

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Jul 24 2014 at 3:57pm #

@rgrasmus posted this in another thread.

PENN HILLS (KDKA) – A landscaping truck towing a trailer on the back crashed into a Dairy Queen restaurant in Penn Hills this afternoon, leaving several people injured. http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/07/24/vehicle-crashes-into-penn-hills-dairy-queen-multiple-injuries-reported/


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 24 2014 at 4:16pm #

whoa. i’ve never eaten there, but i’ve pulled into that Dairy Queen’s parking lot a couple times, to recover from the hill + traffic on Verona…


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 6 2014 at 6:46am #

Steals a snake. Tries to drive somewhere. Snake wraps around neck. Wrecks car into a building … that happens to be a fire station.

http://abc7chicago.com/pets/woman-with-stolen-snake-wrapped-around-neck-crashes-into-firehouse/242246/


erok

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Aug 18 2014 at 3:57pm #

Car Flies Over Grandview Ave., Down Hillside In Mt. Washington

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/16/car-flies-over-grandview-ave-down-hillside-in-mt-washington/


Marko82

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Aug 25 2014 at 12:53pm #

BRIGHTON HEIGHTS (KDKA)- A lawn care truck slammed into several vehicles, went through a yard and crashed into a home early Monday morning in Brighton Heights http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/25/lawn-care-truck-slams-into-house/


jonawebb

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Aug 25 2014 at 1:07pm #

Landscaping truck plows into Brighton Heights house, driver flees

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6674344-74/truck-front-service

“When reached by phone, an employee at A&N in West View declined comment.”


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 25 2014 at 8:00pm #

I see those A&N trucks on Perry Hwy all the time, and one takes a particular liking to passing me at about three feet with the engine at redline. I wonder if this genius and that are the same person.


jonawebb

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Aug 31 2014 at 5:19pm #


Elizabeth Township

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6711551-74/walter-store-elizabeth#axzz3C0jHN4q7


Marko82

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Sep 4 2014 at 11:09am #

PITTSBURGH —
An out-of-control driver crashed into three cars, two bicycles and an apartment building in Brighton Heights early Thursday morning http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/out-control-driver-crashes-multiple-cars-apartment/nhFmt/

Edit: So was the building wearing a helmet? huh? huh? I thought this was a standard news question to ask when reporting on bicycle involved crashes…


jonawebb

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Sep 4 2014 at 11:25am #

“Police and neighbors said this isn’t the first time the building was hit by a car. According to people who live in the area, there have been three or four accidents in front of the building in the last two years. ”
Seems like the building must be ignoring safety rules. Neither the building I live in or the one I work in has been hit by a car ever, so far as I know.


Marko82

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Sep 16 2014 at 5:29pm #

Not technically a building, but still…

Police are looking into a deadly Tuesday morning crash along the Oakland side of the Birmingham Bridge.http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/09/16/fatal-crash-on-the-birmingham-bridge/


smarchit

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Sep 19 2014 at 11:59am #

Sometimes, the jokes just write themselves, such as this breaking news story outside of Philadelphia.

Police Car Crashes Into Dunkin’ Donuts In South Jersey

In the officer’s defense, the sign clearly said “Drive Thru”. How was he to know that it wasn’t a literal instruction?


andyc

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Sep 25 2014 at 8:21am #

Not a building but last night a vehicle apparently veered off River Rd and across the North Shore trail and into the wooded area between the trail and river. The car was facing west.

I don’t see any news about the incident so presumably nobody (or at least no trail users) were hurt.


Marko82

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Sep 25 2014 at 8:48am #

Towtruck into house on Climax street – Happy ending???

http://bcove.me/x59a9swu


Marko82

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Sep 27 2014 at 6:09pm #

PITTSBURGH —A police chase ended in a fiery crash late Friday night on Pittsburgh’s North Side. The driver… slammed into a church and the car caught on fire.

Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/chase-ends-with-fiery-fatal-crash-at-pittsburgh-church/28278414#ixzz3EYo59oAN


Marko82

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Oct 7 2014 at 11:02am #

Truck strikes three Hazelwood storefronts; only driver injured

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/10/06/Pickup-strikes-three-businesses-in-Hazelwood/stories/201410060203


Marko82

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Oct 8 2014 at 8:06am #

Car slams into house in Somerset Township; driver flees

http://www.observer-reporter.com/article/20141006/NEWS01/141009647


edmonds59

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Oct 8 2014 at 11:32am #

Looks like they’re using the term “house” kind of loosely.


Mick

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Oct 8 2014 at 11:41am #

@ observer-reported The driver fled before police arrived.

Good thing our legislature has the wisdom to forsee the terrible problems that could arise if they made leaving the scene of accident a more serious crime than driving drunk! I’m so slow at these things that I cannot even imagine what those problems might be.


Pierce

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Oct 8 2014 at 1:07pm #

Houses usually look better without jeep’s half in them


Steven

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Oct 8 2014 at 1:17pm #

I think the legislature tried to address this a few years ago, but there are still instances where fleeing gets you a lighter penalty.

For a collision in which no one is hurt and there’s just property damage, I think the penalties are:

Fleeing the scene after damaging unattended property: fine of $300 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both (section 3745)
Fleeing the scene after damaging attended property: fine of $2,500 or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both (section 3743)

DUI, first offense: six months’ probation plus fine of $300 plus attend programs and stuff (section 3804)
DUI, second offense: imprisonment for not less than five days plus fine of $300 to $2,500 plus attend programs and stuff
DUI, subsequent offenses: imprisonment for not less than ten days plus fine of $500 to $5000 plus attend programs and stuff
(The penalties are higher for various special cases like commercial vehicles or higher blood alcohol levels.)

So you risk much longer jail time for fleeing, but you might just get a fine, since there’s more sentencing discretion for fleeing than for DUI. For a first DUI with no special circumstances, it’s better not to flee (assuming you’re certain to get caught). For a tenth DUI with no special circumstances, it’s probably still better not to flee, but the judge has a lot of latitude if you flee and get caught, and it’s possible you could get off lightly for fleeing.

The maximum penalty for fleeing is a $2,500 fine plus a year in jail. The maximum penalty for DUI (third+ offense, highest blood alcohol, vehicle occupant is a minor) is a fine of at least $2,500 plus 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison.

I suspect many of the people fleeing are applying the same careful consideration to the question of remaining or fleeing that they applied to the question of whether to drive the car on the road or into the building.


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 8 2014 at 1:34pm #

I don’t think it matters much whether the building you clobber is rivets and sheet metal or three-foot-thick marble blocks. Keep your car on the street. But even so, that building better have a helmet on.


Marko82

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Oct 8 2014 at 2:00pm #

I know it’s just comical snark – but that IS someone’s home. And it looks like they probably have more to lose than most would when a car comes crashing through the living room.

I would also like to see leaving the scene of an accident be punished more heavily then it is, especially if there is injury involved. I mean what possible explanation can be attached to such incidents other than the driver trying not to get caught. We already have a law where fines are doubled in work zones, so why not a law that doubles jail-time if you flee the scene, or triples it if you flee and injury is involved.

Edit: fines would be double/triple regardless of DUI etc.


buffalo buffalo

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Oct 8 2014 at 2:27pm #

If i’m getting the right Pittsburgh Road, this is SR 917 just north of Bentleyville. And if I’m getting the right house, it’s a good fifty feet–by the shortest route, which it doesn’t look like that jeep took–back from a nearly straight section of road. Looks like someone took a very sudden right turn and then ran over twenty yards of lawn to hit that house.


Marko82

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Oct 8 2014 at 3:00pm #

I think this is the Google map location

If you back up a half mile or so (both North & South) there is a 35MPH speed limit sign for this road. Ha!


buffalo buffalo

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Oct 8 2014 at 3:02pm #

That’s the one I found. The flag planted mid-yard looks to be the same one under the jeep’s wheel in the news photo.


Marko82

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Oct 9 2014 at 5:26pm #

Do house steps count???

HOMEWOOD (KDKA)- Police say the car went through a fence, hit the steps of a home and then slammed into a tree.

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/10/09/car-slams-into-homes-steps-2-rushed-to-hospital/


Marko82

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Oct 15 2014 at 11:17am #

“Car Slams Through Front Door Of Monroeville Business”

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/10/15/car-slams-through-front-door-of-local-business/


chrishent

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Oct 15 2014 at 11:55am #

Car crashes through auto dealership window in Overbrook:

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6968243-74/glass-car-bertram#axzz3GEWqkueg

“driver said he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake”


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 16 2014 at 11:20am #

I keep forgetting to get a photo of the blown out bus shelter on Perry Hwy opposite Schars Lane in Ross Twp. It’s a good 30 feet from the line of travel for northbound traffic, but that’s the only thing that could have hit it.


Steven

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Oct 16 2014 at 12:17pm #

Maybe it was closer before it got hit. :-)

If it’s the one shown pre-damage in StreetView, it seems like it might have gotten hit by a truck going to or from the adjacent parking lot.

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