If you live here (this is mainly for you new readers), you know that cars find their way into buildings. Home, businesses, you name it. Young drivers, old drivers, and elevated drivers alike, we have it all in the 916. What is fascinating to me, however, is how we report these incidents and what information we reveal.
For example, on Sunday morning in Natomas an off-duty sheriff’s deputy “crashed” her sport utility vehicle into a Starbucks.
Police charged an off-duty Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy with felony DUI Sunday after she plowed into an open Starbucks coffee shop in Natomas, injuring an elderly woman … Brown said the driver of the car continued to push on the accelerator even after the car had come to a stop … Authorities believe Gargano, 37, was taking prescription medication, Leong said. He declined to name the specific medication, citing health confidentiality.
Sorry, the officer “plowed” into the coffee shop. What, no “continued to gun it!” And we are OK with her name but not her medical condition?
More details surface and the Sac Bee offers up a new article, SUV slams into Starbucks; deputy charged. We learn the deputy’s name and of course her personal tidbits in the comments section.
Then, two more crashes occur …
According to Sacramento Fire Department Capt. Jim Doucette, no one was injured when the car drove through a window and into a dining room. The female driver was taken to a hospital as a precaution … Earlier in the day, off-duty Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy Lisa Gargano crashed her SUV into a north Natomas Starbucks at Arena Boulevard and Duckhorn Drive. Three people, including Gargano, were injured.
Let’s work that deputy’s name in there one more time.
So, what gives? Chime in, please.
Update (09/10/09) – Great comments, gang. Here are links to the articles referenced below. Scary stuff.