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Car Collides with Kresge Guardhouse

By Eric Richard
Staff Reporter

At 9 p.m. last Friday, a woman driving a 1988 Merkur Scorpio crashed into the Kresge parking lot guardhouse, raising the front end of her car three feet off the ground and shoving the guardhouse backward several feet.

Campus Police refused to identify the woman.

According to witnesses, the driver was at a full stop in front of McCormick Hall when she "just took off" and collided into the booth. One MIT student said she thought the driver was a "crazy person."

The car ended up resting on the metal posts meant to protect the guardhouse.

The car's passenger, reported to be the driver's daughter, "just got out of the car" and appeared to be uninjured, said another witness. The driver was helped out of the car and sat resting on a bench. The woman's face was heavily bruised across the bridge of her nose, and witnesses said that "her face was all cut up."

"She was just sitting on the ground. . . and she looked kind of dazed," said Jeff A. Breidenbach '96.

Driver refuses treatment

The Campus Police refused to comment on the driver's condition, saying only that she was a Christian Scientist and refused medical treatment.

An officer from Cambridge Fire and Rescue said the cut on the driver's face would have probably required 20 stitches if she received treatment. He also expressed concern for her health, saying that as she fell forward, she crushed the steering column with her chest.

At 10 p.m., several individuals assisted the woman into a car and drove away. At this point, her face looked badly bruised and she got into the car slowly.

"The case is under investigation," said Lieutenant McCoy of the Campus Police. "There has been no determination as to the cause of the accident."McCoy added that alcohol was not involved.

"Clearly it was an accident," said Anne P. Glavin, chief of Campus Police. "The person did not deliberately set out to hit [the guardhouse]."

Some of the witnesses, including an officer on the scene, expressed shock that the driver could not avoid hitting the guardhouse, and they wondered about her motives. Glavin dismissed these ideas, saying, "They are just opinions."

"We aren't looking at [the accident] as some sort of willful or malicious thing," said McCoy. "We are investigating it like a regular motor vehicle accident."

By Saturday, the guardhouse had been completely removed from the scene, and an officer working out of his car was regulating access to the parking lot.

"We are trying as hard as we can to expedite getting a new booth in," said Glavin. "It may take as long as three weeks to get a new one. We are looking into other options," she said.