A driver fled the scene after crashing their car into a building in Dayton early Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred near the intersection W Third Street and S. Williams Street just before 2:30 a.m.
News Center 7 checked this afternoon, and police still have not found the driver.
“The driver fled, it’s a one-car accident,” Dayton Police Sergeant Sara Lipps said.
Police believe the driver was traveling eastbound on W. Third Street just before hitting the building.
“There are too many vehicles running into buildings,” Dayton resident Tiana Mud said.
This is the 126th vehicle into a structure that News Center 7 has reported on in the Miami Valley this year.
“Obviously there’s problematic behavior,” Dayton resident Jacob Davis said.
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The damage to the building is extensive as the entire front wall is caved in and the windows are shattered.
Not only has this crash damaged the building but it came close to hitting a neighboring historical building.
“It’s a bit unsettling,” Cincinnati resident Daniel Cureton said.
An electrician went out to work on the light poles that were ripped from the sidewalk, but he said if the driver hit a nearby steel pole instead, the vehicle would have been crushed on the spot.
The car came to a stop on W. Third Street and was damaged heavily.
“If the driver was at fault, then obviously I would want that person to pay for the damage to the building,” Davis said.
At this time, News Center 7 does not know what caused this crash, but community members said reckless driving is a problem that has become normal to them.
“Dangerous driving has become problematic anywhere I am. I think it’s an issue in this community and elsewhere,” Davis said.
The driver of the smashed car has not been found yet.
News Center 7 reached out to the Dayton Police Department wanting to know if the car was stolen but has not received an answer.