Car hits Oak Lawn library support; no one hurt
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org September 23, 2013 6:12PM
No one was hurt when this 2005 Toyota Camry driven by an 86-year-old Oak Lawn woman smashed into a column supporting the canopy on the east side of the Oak Lawn Public Library about 1:15 p.m. Monday. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 25, 2013 6:15AM
No one was hurt when an 86-year-old Oak Lawn woman drove her car into a support column on the east side of the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., about 1:15 p.m. Monday, police said.
The column has yellow brick that surrounds a steel support beam. The beam, which was not damaged, helps support the canopy over the east entrance to the library.
“She said she was distracted when she was pulling into the parking space and hit the accelerator instead of the brake. She’s OK,” Oak Lawn Police Sgt. Joe Garrett said at the scene about 10 minutes after the accident.
The woman was wearing her seat belt, and the air bag in the steering wheel of the blue 2005 Toyota Camry deployed, Garrett said.
The woman was chagrined by the accident and apologized to library officials and the police.
“I just happened to look over there,” she said, nodding to the right of the column, “and put my foot on the wrong pedal.”
The accident could have been worse, Garrett said, noting the column is just north of the entry doors.
This is the second time in two years that a car has struck the same support column, library director Jim Deiters said.
“We had two in two years. We’re on a run,” he said in a deadpan manner.