Police: Driver Crashes Into East Side Building While Trying To Escape Fender Bender


UPDATED: Tuesday March 19, 2013 5:19 PM

A man was hospitalized with broken bones on Tuesday afternoon after rear ending a vehicle, crashing into a pole and a building and damaging 12 other vehicles, police said.

Columbus police said the SUV crashed near Parsons Avenue and Oak Street at about 2:15 p.m.

The intersection was temporarily closed because of the downed pole.

Police said the driver of an SUV tried to flee police after he rear ended another vehicle.

Rachel Lawson said that she was inside the building that was struck.

“I guess bricks went falling on it, because they’re all over and pieces of the building came and messed up my car,” Lawson said.

Lawson said she could not believe what she was seeing outside of the CS Gallery, located at 66 Parsons Ave.

“The inside of our gallery is all damaged, and the wall all buckled out, and the drywall is all hanging off of it, and the window is all busted,” Lawson said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Grant Medical Center in serious condition with broken bones.

Police said the man in his 40s has a lengthy criminal record.

“As soon as I went outside, he was laying in the street,” Lawson said. “He was conscious, but I don’t think he was getting up.”

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