Lincoln Park Damaged in Car Crash
By STEPHEN SIEGEL
Falls Church Times Staff
August 6, 2012
Playground equipment at Lincoln Park was seriously damaged last week after a driver lost control of a car on Lincoln, crashed through the fence and careened more than 15 feet, coming to rest after being stopped by the equipment.
Details remain sketchy as to how the accident occurred, and it isn’t yet known if alcohol or medical issues were involved.
No one was in the park when the crash occurred, because it happened in the evening, City spokeswoman Susan Finarelli said in a statement. “The City will replace the equipment, but it will take some time to figure out insurance, get proper quotes, etc. As soon as we have a timeline, we will get the word out.”
The car has long since been removed, and the fence that was damaged is mostly repaired. But the equipment is still a wreck: a post that was secured in concrete has been bowled over, and a metal stairs is collapsed. Caution tape surrounds the entire playset.
Update, August 8: Police say the car was driven by a “juvenile,” and that neither he nor the passenger sustained any injuries in the accident, which occurred July 31 at 8:19 pm.
The driver told officers he lost control of the vehicle, hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, and ran through the fence into Lincoln Park, crashing into the play equipment.
The driver was charged with improper control and released to a parent. A court case is pending.
By Stephen Siegel
August 6, 2012