Photo by Jeylin White: A woman, whose name was not released by police, drove her car through a building under construction in downtown Jonesboro Wednesday afternoon, striking one of the volunteers who were working on the building, and running into a tree. The driver and the volunteer suffered minor injuries, according to police.
Some local volunteers, who were working on a storage facility in downtown Jonesboro, were shaken up a bit, after a local woman crashed her car through their construction site, Wednesday afternoon.
Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen, who was at the scene, said the woman driving the vehicle and one of the volunteer-workers were taken to Southern Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.
“Both people left on their own power,” said Allen. “They were cognizant and awake.”
Allen said the woman driving the vehicle was attempting to exit the parking lot of the Wells Fargo Bank, at 154 S. Main Street. The woman lost control of the vehicle, he said, and drove through the storage facility, and then hit a tree at the rear of the building.
“The accelerator stuck on the vehicle, and we don’t know if it was a mechanical failure, at the time, or if it was self-initiated,” Allen said.
Jackie Brannen, who witnessed the crash, said he and 10 other men were building a storage facility for First Baptist Church, Jonesboro –– were they all are members –– and he got a first-hand view of the accident.
“I heard all the commotion and saw her coming across the parking lot and go right through the front part of the building, and out the side,” said Brannen.
He said one of his fellow workers was standing at the side of the building where the car exited, as it crashed through the wall. The man was knocked down, Brannen said, but, fortunately, was not hurt badly.
Allen said police will not be able to determine what caused the accident until after the vehicle is impounded and the investigation is complete. He said only then will authorities be able to determine whether the crash was caused by a mechanical issue, or a “black-out by the driver.”
Brannen said an estimated cost of the damage has not been determined, and must await an examination by the insurance company. But he added that the volunteers will resume their work on the storage facility.