Car smashes into building downtown

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A car smashed into a vacant building on the corner of State and Andrew’s street, causing a night of fright for people who live in the area Saturday.

“How crazy it is, I mean I walked up from the back and came out front and I was like oh, there’s a car in there,” Julie Forward said.

RPD and RFD responded to the report of a motor vehicle fully lodged into a building.

Looking at the glass and debris covering the ground, forward says she was just getting home when the accident happened, but this isn’t the first time she’s seen an accident like this at the same building.

"This is the second time that window, since that building has been renovated, was smashed and they said the first time was also a car.”

When arriving at the scene, responders found that the driver was uninjured, but trapped inside the vehicle located at 125 State Street. The building the car had collided with was vacant.

With the assistance of RFD, the driver, a 58-year-old female city resident was freed from the vehicle.

The woman crashed into a next-door building just missing The Pizza Stop. Cameras show that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Andrews Street attempting to turn south onto State Street, but failed to make the turn.

At this time, it does appear that speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.

"With the vehicle being all the way inside the building it must have hit the building at a pretty good speed,” Rochester Fire Department,
Battalion Chief David Compton said.

The woman was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital. The extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. The crash is still under investigation.