It was early Thursday morning, just a little after midnight. More than 80 people were enjoying food, karaoke and company at a Los Angeles establishment. There were probably a lot of entertaining sights. But one sight that those people were not likely expecting to see was a car crashing through the front of the club.
The car accident, according to one witness, sounded like a gunshot. But when the debris settled, witnesses found a car had smashed through the front of the establishment. Surprisingly, none of the people inside the building were hurt and the driver of the car also appeared to escape injury.
So how did the car end up crashing into the building? The driver of the vehicle had been asked to leave the club earlier that evening. Because the investigation is still ongoing, there is no information as to whether the driver intentionally drove through the wall or whether it was an accident.
At this point, a CHP officer commented that the car appeared to be having some mechanical problems, including a transmission issue. This could have contributed to an acceleration problem. The car came to a halt after hitting some large speakers inside the building.
Though the driver of the car was brought to the police station, it is unclear whether he will be facing any criminal charges. He could be charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol - police believe he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
If anyone had been hurt in the accident, the driver could also be liable for their injuries. If an accident is the result of a driver's negligence or recklessness, victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and even pain and suffering.
Source: NBC Los Angeles online, "Driver Crashes Car Into Sunset Room," Jonathan Lloyd and Jesse Gary, 29 July 2011
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