LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The cost to repair a popular donut shop in Lynchburg could cost the city tens of thousands of dollars after Lynchburg police officers crashed their cars into each other in two separate incidents last week.
During the crash on Thursday, April 8, the donut shop Mama Crockett’s was hit, causing damage that could cost upwards of $20,000.
“It’s still just crazy. Like what are the chances that one police car hits another police car and then smashes into the office that I’m sitting in?” Director of Operations at Mama Crockett’s, Kiley Jeanis, said. “We hear a crash in the intersection right outside the shop and so we’re still looking out the window at the road when a police car comes into the window…One car was flipped and skid on its side…The wall is definitely not where it’s supposed to be.”
They put up a tarp to protect the building from the rain.
“You mostly see it here with this crack, but then this entire, the wall is supposed to be here where the black is, and it goes all the way up,” Jeanis explained, pointing to the damaged wall,
The owner estimates it will cost tens of thousands to rebuild the wall, which was custom-made about two and a half years ago. They’re still waiting for city officials to inspect the damage.
Some police officers were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, but the department says no one was seriously injured.
Lynchburg Police Department’s vehicles are self-insured, meaning fixing or replacing the cop cars will come out of the budget. However, things could get more complicated when city vehicles damage private property — as they did on Thursday afternoon.
According to the risk manager for the City of Lynchburg, James Hall, “Once the police department completes their investigation and once they determine what actually was the cause of the accident, then that would come through us, and we would reach out to the owner of that building, based on the information that we got from the police department.”
Thankfully, no one was sitting at the sidewalk table when the police car pinned it against the building.
“We could write on it like, ‘I survived the Lynchburg police collision week of 2021,” Mama Crockett’s Owner, FW Willis, joked.
The Lynchburg Police Department does not have an estimate on when they will finish their investigation. Once it’s done, the city’s risk manager will have to reach out to Willis about the damages done to his establishment.