Car Backs Into Wall of Your Neighbors Bar

An elderly man backed his car up more than 100 feet from a parking space into a brick wall of a local bar in the Hobson Commons Shopping Center Thursday afternoon.

An elderly man backed his car up more than 100 feet from a parking space into a brick wall of a local bar near 75th Street and Rickert Drive Thursday, witnesses said.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. in front of bar in the Hobson Commons Shopping Center. The driver of the car was not seriously injured, but witnesses said he was visually shaken up after backing a white Mercury Grand Marquis into a brick column of the building.

It is unknown whether any others suffered injuries as a result of the accident.

Witnesses said the man was taking a driver’s test at the Naperville , which is next to the bar, and an employee of the facility was in the passenger seat of the car during the accident.

One witness was on her phone waiting outside for her daughter who was inside the driver's facility and saw the accident.

“I saw it back up from a parking space and a woman waiting to cross was almost hit,” said Sharon Frank of Plainfield. “I was startled when I heard it back into the building.”

Patrons inside of Your Neighbors said they also heard the car hit the wall but did not see the accident.

Damages to the building were very minimal as there were only a few scratches made to the wall.

Patch will have further information on the incident once it becomes available.

Jim Smith July 20, 2012 at 03:19 PM
My auto insurance cost isn't outrageous, but then we don't have any accidents or tickets on our record...
Jim Smith July 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
When there is an accident like this where a vehicle strikes a building at a busy shopping center, I think it's a good idea for the FD to roll a lot of equipment. Dozens or even hundreds of people could have been injured - a building could have collapsed. Would you prefer that they wait for the first truck to get on-scene, do an evaluation, and then call for more trucks? In catastrophes, sometimes a few minutes means life or death for the victims.
Lucille July 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
You posting asinine comments on the Patch boards every day all day is overkill.
Jim Smith July 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Since when is a police officer also a fireman? I believe that the FD has rules that dictate what equipment is dispatched based on the type of structure that is involved. That approach has evolved over many decades of modern firefighting experience. Suppose the police officer, who is focused on the traffic accident and traffic control, misses out on some injuries inside the building, or doesn't see signs of a smoldering fire. Sometimes the FD may commit "overkill" in terms of the magnitude of the response but once in a while, that type of reaction saves lives and lots of property. I LOVE armchair quarterbacks who second guess the actions of professionals who are there to serve us.
Roy Rumaner July 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I ask you again, why do you care how many pieces of equipment were on scene? Do you pay for them personally? Did the somehow inconvenience you? Stop being a jerk and be glad no one was hurt instead.


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