Boscawen home again hit by car

Posted: December 4, 2012

The Winchester Star

There were no serious injuries reported when the driver of a Toyota Camry struck this house Monday. Plans are in place to tear the structure down and rebuild it using metal in some places to protect it in the event of future accidents, which happen often at the intersection. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — For the third time in less than five months, a Winchester home at the tight intersection of Boscawen Street and East Lane has been struck by a car.

“It’s been hard on us,” said Debra Walker, property manager for the residence.

Though estimates on the damage to the home were not immediately available Monday afternoon, the incident will at the very least cost Walker another round of phone calls and dealings with insurance adjusters — just days before the structure is scheduled to be torn down and rebuilt.

Wanda Sandy, 79, of Frederick County, was charged with reckless driving after crashing her 2004 Toyota Camry into the home at about 2 p.m, according to Winchester Police Department spokesperson Lauren Cummings.

No injuries were reported.

Cummings said Sandy was heading east on Boscawen Street and attempted to make the sharp right turn required at the intersection to go onto East Lane when she struck a curb.

Sandy then overcorrected and hit the home.

Damage to Sandy’s vehicle was estimated at about $3,500, according to Cummings.

Walker said that before a curb was put in at the turn, there were no issues with cars striking the building.

“People can’t navigate around [the curb],” she said, adding that it was recently shortened, but not enough. “It used to be flat [there].”

The site is complicated by railroad tracks that intersect the road.

South of Boscawen Street, East’s two lanes are divided by the tracks between them. While the northbound lane is unaffected, a vehicle traveling southbound must veer to the right across the tracks at the intersection, quickly followed by a slight left turn.

The building — which was hit for the first time on July 18 and then again two days later — is parallel to the tracks.

Walker said the plan is to move forward with tearing the residence down. It will be rebuilt in the same spot, but Walker said metal will be used in some areas instead of wood so that if someone hits the home, they will more than likely “bounce off.”

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com