Car Backs Up Library Steps

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

April 12, 2005

Parallel parking seems like an easy task for most, but for one local woman it was a frightening experience on Tuesday, April 12. All it took was a slip of the foot. The car jumped over the curb and up the steps of the Jefferson Park Library.

"She has a walking cast on her right foot which operates the gas and as she was trying to back into the parking space her foot accidentally stepped on the gas too hard," said Officer Steve Grissom, of the Charlottesville Police Department.

Witnesses said the car took off so fast, it tried to drive right in through the library doors. The back end of her car hit the hand rail which stopped the car just in time. Then the steps began to crumble beneath the car.

"We were surprised the granite steps broke, probably because of age, it's been here awhile," said Grissom.

The accident caused about $40,000 to $50,000 worth of damage to the stairs and the railing. Police said luckily no one was injured since it happened during the noon lunch hour by the Charlottesville downtown mall. Police did not charge the driver, citing "it was an accident."

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