HYATTSVILLE – Five storefront and building crashes have been reported in Hyattsville and the surrounding areas in the past three weeks, but Hyattsville Police Chief Douglas Holland said residents need not worry. The crashes are not connected. In an address to the public during the Hyattsville City Council meeting on Sept. 21, Holland updated the […]
HYATTSVILLE – Five storefront and building crashes have been reported in Hyattsville and the surrounding areas in the past three weeks, but Hyattsville Police Chief Douglas Holland said residents need not worry. The crashes are not connected.
In an address to the public during the Hyattsville City Council meeting on Sept. 21, Holland updated the city on the recent events and how each crash took place.
“We’ve had a rather unusual series of vehicle crashes in the city and right around the city for the past several weeks. Specifically, vehicles crashing into buildings and those have generated a lot of concern and a lot of chatter around town,” Holland said.
Although five similar crashes occurred within a small timeframe, Chief Holland said the only commonality is three of the five occurred around Baltimore Avenue.
The first crash occurred on Aug. 28 at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and East-West Highway at 8:15 p.m. Holland said the crash was a result of an east-bound car turning right onto Baltimore and not yielding the right of way on a red light. The vehicle collided with the McDonalds on the corner of the intersection.
The second crash, on Sept. 12 at 4:54 a.m., allegedly involved excessive speed, Holland said.
“That one occurred on Baltimore Avenue. A vehicle coming northbound, around the bend, left the roadway and crashed into the Liberty Tax building,” Holland said.
Just four days later on Sept. 16, an elderly woman crashed into the Target storefront at Prince George’s Plaza, shattering the glass door and injuring one.
“In that crash, it involved an elderly driver who mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake,” he said.
Two days later a similar accident occurred at the T-Mobile across the street on Hamilton Street, when a driver allegedly put the car in drive instead of reverse.
A day later a tow truck crashed into the former Marche Florist building. Holland said the tow truck was stolen and the driver lost control of the truck when turning from Baltimore Avenue.
Although Holland said the incidents are unrelated, the city will contact the Maryland State Highway Administration for any further suggestions on increasing the safety of streets in the area.
Holland also encouraged residents to stay vigilant on the roads, obey traffic laws, and never drive drowsy.
“Don’t drive when you’re drowsy, when you’re tired. Pull over, stop and get a cup of coffee. Take a break. Call a taxi,” Holland said. “But if you’re very, very drowsy, if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please, please, please don’t drive.”
He also encouraged Hyattsville citizens to inform the police if they suspect anyone of being a danger to themselves, especially elderly drivers.
“If you know of anybody that may be a danger to themselves or to others, because of diminishing facilities or skills as far as driving, please make sure you notify local police or state highway licensing officials to arrange to have the person reevaluated to see if they are eligible to continue to have a driving permit,” he said.