Teen escapes injury
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 4:00 pm
The Messenger, November 14, 2012
A Union City teenager escaped serious injury after her car apparently went airborne and crashed Tuesday morning following possible vehicle malfunction.
The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on Bethlehem Road near Morningview Street in Union City, according to a Union City Police Department report.
Savannah D. Blackwell, 17, who lives on Bethlehem Road, told police she was traveling southbound on Bethlehem Road when her 2007 Ford Focus started shaking as she was coming into the city limits of Union City.
She said she was attempting to gain control of the vehicle when it crossed over the roadway and ran off the left side of Bethlehem Road. Upon exiting the road, the rear of the car started to slide around in the loose gravel of a driveway. The car’s rear continued to slide sideways across the driveway, jumping a small ditch before striking an earth embankment at another driveway. The car then appeared to have gone airborne across the second driveway before coming to rest in a small ditch on the south side of the driveway facing northbound, according to the report.
Miss Blackwell was wearing a seat belt and apparently was not injured.
A vehicle in the first driveway appeared to have its side window broken out by flying debris when Miss Blackwell’s vehicle left the road and slid in the gravel.
Residents in the area told police they heard the vehicle coming and it appeared there was a loud rattling noise coming from the car prior to its leaving the roadway.
No charges were filed in the crash due to it possibly involving some type of vehicle malfunction, police reported.