A late lunch on August 1, 2014, turned unexpectedly dangerous for Virginia Beach McDonald's customers when a car rammed into the restaurant. The unusual accident occurred at 601 First Colonial Road. The car's driver was not hurt, but two of the fast-food restaurant's patrons suffered cuts from broken glass. The injured people received treatment at nearby Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and are expected to make full recoveries.
According to WAVY-TV 10, police could determine only that the at-fault driver had not experienced a medical emergency immediately before the accident. No information was released to reporters concerning whether a citation was issued.
Cars and trucks hit buildings frequently, but injuries to people inside the structures are not as common. When such events do occur, however, the injuries can be life-threatening and, sometimes, fatal. My Virginia personal injury law firm colleagues and I are glad that did not prove to be the case this time.
Since health issues have been ruled out as a cause, wreck investigators will need to focus on mechanical problems with the vehicle, driver error and recklessness. The latter two possible explanations deserve particular consideration. Individuals who lose control of their vehicles in parking lots or who jump curbs to end up on sidewalks often either hit the gas pedal instead the brake and/or are impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Regardless of the cause the crash, we hope the injured people return to full health quickly.