A woman lost control of her SUV and slammed into a church in West Philadelphia late Thursday night. The female driver was injured with minor injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.
Her SUV struck the Taylor Tabernacle Church located at intersection of Osage Ave. and 61st St, at about 11:00 o’clock in the evening.
Police said that the building was damaged and the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections will evaluate the condition of the structure.
Officials learned that the car plunged into a church in Fort Myers that was filled with over200 people who were celebrating Easter Sunday night. The wreck injured more than 21 parishioners.
Police from Fort Myers answered another call and they arrived at a disorderly scene that started shortly around 8:00 o’clock that evening at the Baptist Church of 2nd Haitian located at Central Avenue.
Officer Victor Medico said when the officers arrived; they saw church members heaving the car off some church members who were snared under by using car jacks.
Health System Lee Memorial spokesperson, Mary Briggs said that they delivered 18 people to the Hospital of Lee County.
Briggs stated that one of the ten injured taken to Lee Memorial Hospital was already discharged as of late Sunday. Luckily none of the rest required surgery,
Three injured people were transported to the Medical Center of Gulf Coast and five were brought to the Medical Center of Health Park. Of those admitted to Health Park, three were children.
The news of the mishap travelled fast that brought relatives and other chucrh members to the parking lot of the church.
Officer Medico said that a young Haitian woman was driving a Lexus and turned to park in the parking lot. At the same time, everyone inside the church was standing at the start of the service then the car plowed in and injured many people.
Nicholas Plancher, a church member, said that he heard the building pop and saw a
Medico said early reports described the vehicle coming into the parking lot looking for a space, then it drove straight into the building, The female driver claimed that the brakes malfunctioned. The car was not able to negotiate the turn and crashed into pews holding 30 to 40 people.
Homicide investigators are looking into the crash even though it was not intentional and considered one of those unfortunate traffic accidents.
The Charlotte County EMS crews worked hand-in-hand with their counterpart from Lee County EMS crews to assist in the crash and two unrelated shootings that happened that Sunday.
Benjamin Abes, the EMS operation chief of Lee County considered the incident an abnormal type as I was rare for a vehicle go all the way into a building.
If you or your loved one has been harmed or fatally injured in a vehicular accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a car accident lawyer now for free consultation. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Philadelphia Com