I went down to the yacht club today after work and found police tape across the seawall and cop cars all over. Imagine my surprise when I saw what all the hubbub was:
There’s two inches of ice on the Potomac because of the recent cold snap. The Lexus was going fast enough to jump the gap between the seawall and the Regatta dock. It crushed one of the racks full of Lazers and centerpunched the boat in the first slip right at the gunwale. If the car had been 10 feet to the right, he would have hit the fairway and gone through the ice.
The owner of the boat had the lines doubled up because of the huge north winds that were raging through as part of the polar vortex event. And check out the height of the seawall, where the car went through the railing. The police put temporary railing in place.
In the pic above, note the big concrete structures the Lexus missed when he shot off the street level on his way down to the seawall promenade.
Keeping in mind where the car ended up, the shot above is pretty amazing. The driver of the Lexus is apparently diabetic and had a seizure from low blood sugar. He came out of the 9th St. tunnel in southwest Washington, DC, blasted through two traffic controlled intersections, then drove through the area in the pic above. He somehow missed the giant red Navy anchors that are welded together as memorials on either side of the plaza, trees, and benches, planters and large garbage cans that are all made of concrete. The dude missed ’em all on the way to T-boning the boat!
Oh, and the driver is being treated at a local hospital.
Word has it a crane is on the way to pull the car back off the dock. This should be interesting!