Police: Ride-share driver behind wheel of vehicle that crashed into Arlington restaurant

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Police in Arlington, Virginia, are investigating how a car-sharing driver crashed his vehicle into a crowded restaurant near the courthouse Friday night, injuring at least 15 people.

A car crashes into a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, August 12, 2022.

WTOP/David Dildine

Fire and police are investigating a fire caused by a car that collided with a building on Friday, August 12, 2022.

WTOP/David Dildine

At least four people have been seriously injured after a car crashed into a building in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday night.

WTOP/Kyle Cooper

Police told WTOP that the accident happened just before 7pm on North Courthouse Road and Wilson Boulevard at Ireland’s Four Courts restaurant.

WTOP/Kyle Cooper

Police in Arlington, Virginia, are investigating how a car-sharing driver crashed his vehicle into a crowded restaurant near the courthouse Friday night, injuring at least 15 people.

At around 6:45 p.m. Friday, Arlington County police were dispatched to the area of ​​Ireland’s Four Courts in the 2000 block of Wilson Boulevard over reports that a vehicle had collided with the restaurant, the department said in a press release.

On arrival at the scene, police said they were helping customers evacuate the building and began providing medical care just before the vehicle caught fire at the restaurant. The fire was quickly extinguished by the Arlington County Fire Department.

“Undoubtedly, the decisive actions of the arriving officers to rush into the building and remove customers saved lives,” Arlington County Police Chief Andy Penn said in a statement.

Later Friday evening, the building that houses the restaurant was determined by engineers to be structurally sound despite the damage, but cannot be occupied for the time being.

A GoFundMe page launched on behalf of the restaurant raised more than $30,000 in less than 24 hours.

An initial investigation into the crash “indicates that the driver of the vehicle, who was operating as a carpooler and had a passenger at the time of the incident, was traveling north on N. Courthouse Road when he left the lane and crashed into the restaurant ,” the release said.

The driver and passenger of the co-driver both suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital.

According to the police, a total of nine patients have been hospitalized. Of those, two are still in critical condition, one is in serious but stable condition and six were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Arlington Fire and EMS said in a Friday night update that six other people had been treated at the scene but were released.

Mary Reilly, a server who works at the restaurant, told WTOP’s Kyle Cooper that the crash felt “like an explosion.”

Doug Samuelson, of Annandale, who was in the area at the time of the crash, told WTOP’s Dave Dildine that it sounded like a “truck crashing into a building”.

The flames, Samuelson said, shot about 12 to 15 feet high, and there was a pungent odor.

Police do not yet know why the car crashed.

Arlington Fire and EMS said construction engineers evaluated the building and found it “structurally OK, but could not be reoccupied.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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