WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Minivan Slams Through Window Of Day Care Center

Driver is only one hurt in strange parking accident

Play associated audio

A normally quiet neighborhood in Northeast D.C. near Catholic University was anything but serene yesterday after a freak parking accident.

Sheets of plywood now cover the front window of an adult daycare center in Brookland, a minivan slammed through that window yesterday. The elderly driver was trying to parallel park.

This witness, who asked not to be identified, was among scores of passersby who ran for their lives to avoid that minivan, which ripped off a metal bench, and carried it through the building. 

"His foot must have hit the pedal, and he went jack-knifed into this storefront," she said. "He almost hit this baby." 

First responders had to shut off gas at a restaurant next door and evacuate the restaurant to avoid an explosion. They took the driver out through the plate glass window and through the minivan. Only the driver was hurt.

Sarah Brown, who works for the daycare center, says that it was lucky for all involved that it happened on the Sunday, when the center was empty.

"Some of our consumers are deaf, blind and developmentally-delayed. One, they would never have known what was happening, and two they wouldn't have been able to move out of the way."

She says that the 15 effected clients will go on outings this week to the cherry blossoms while repairs are made to the building.

NPR

With 'Formation,' Beyoncé Lights Up The Internet. Here's What People Are Saying

The singer's new music video quickly drew commentary of all kinds — on its references to being black in America, Hurricane Katrina and Black Lives Matter.
NPR

Calif. Restaurant Gives Diners — And Sea Lions — An Ocean View

The Marine Room is a restaurant right on the beach. When the tide is high, waves hit the windows, and bring in unexpected visitors.
NPR

In The Light Of The Morning After, How Bad Was Rubio's Repetition?

"I would pay for them to keep running that clip, because that's what I believe passionately," Rubio said of a much-aired video excerpt if him repeating a line at Saturday's debate.
NPR

Super Bowl 50 Tightens Cybersecurity

This year's Super Bowl will be held in the most technologically advanced stadium in the world. FBI special agent John Lightfoot talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the threat of cyber attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.