drunk texter flips car on Kelly Avenue

By Jim Stanford on November 29, 2012

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Scene of Monday’s crash. The driver told witnesses he had been texting.

Early Monday night, residents in the vicinity of Kelly and Willow heard a crash. One woman said it sounded like a truck had run into the side of her house.

A driver had smashed a parked car on Kelly and flipped his Subaru. The man and his dog were unhurt, according to witnesses who came outside to investigate. The man told them he didn’t know what happened because he had been texting.

Authorities arrived, and the man appeared to fail field sobriety tests. He likely ran the stop sign at Willow to be driving fast enough to flip his car. A tow truck had to turn the car back over to remove it, which was quite a production.

This looks like the second bizarre incident of driving while intoxicated on this block of Kelly Avenue this year. Back in April, a woman zonked on prescription medication went on a crazy rampage, sideswiping cars, taking out a stop sign and driving on lawns before finally coming to rest in May Park.

Thanks to the newshounds at the Triple Deuce for being on the scene.

The old adage seems to apply here: Never break more than one law at a time.


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5 Comments so far

  1. Brad November 29, 2012 2:48 pm

    Nice last-minute entry in the 2012 Valley Darwin Award Contest.

  2. Storms Reback November 29, 2012 3:10 pm


  3. Jean November 29, 2012 4:17 pm

    Triple Deuce? Care to elaborate?

  4. js November 29, 2012 10:24 pm

    It’s a landmark house, 222 E. Kelly. The residents are my neighbors.

  5. js December 5, 2012 5:54 pm

    In response to a couple of inquiries: There have been at least two other bizarre/reckless driving incidents in the last week. A drunk driver hit several cars along Hansen Avenue on Sunday or Monday, including at least one parked in a driveway. And yesterday a woman went into diabetic shock, hit several cars and ended up on the lawn beside Center for the Arts, according to police.

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