A PT Cruiser jumped the curb on the curve on Oak Lawn Avenue on Saturday, April 17. The estimate of damage to the property is more than $10,000.
According to Oak Lawn Committee President Michael Milliken,the car was traveling south on Oak Lawn Avenue. The Oak Lawn Committee owns and maintains the monument.
The car went airborn, hit the tree in the triangle of land and came to rest along the Frank Caven Memorial Wall. Two plaques on the wall were knocked off and the car destroyed the electrical box that controls the lighting and sprinkler system.
Milliken arrived at the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Road just as the car was being loaded onto a tow truck.
He said that the officer told him that another officer had taken the driver home. We haven’t seen a police report, but that would indicate she was not suspected of drunk driving. Saturday evening was rainy and streets were slick.
Milliken said he is also hoping that she carried insurance. Oak Lawn Committee spends about $3,000 per year to insure the monument and Milliken is hoping they don’t have to make another claim.
Last year when a car damaged the Legacy of Love monument, the driver carried no insurance. Milliken’s afraid that if they have to make a claim again this year, their premiums will skyrocket.