Car crashes into Clarinda apartment building – tire burns a hole in carpet


January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers says no one was killed or injured during a bizarre accident Tuesday afternoon. Brothers reports a 2007 Ford Taurus driven by 85-year old Violette Henneman, of Clarinda, was pulling into a parking stall at 402 West Willow Street at around 3:30-p.m., when Henneman hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Her car drove over a curb and down a yard before crashing into the Clar Haven Apartment building. Even though her car was inside an apartment rented by Merlin Cavner, Henneman still had her foot on the gas, as evidenced by a burn mark on the carpet which was caused by the fast-spinning front left tire.The collision also damaged a box spring mattress in an apartment.

Henneman told authorities she was not hurt, but the woman was transported to the Clarinda Regional Health Center for examination. Damage to the building and box spring was estimated at $20,150 altogether, while the car sustained  $10,000 damage.