Car Crashes into CNN Building

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers read a strange story from last Friday the 13th, which was also a full moon.  A driver who was high on marijuana, 22-year-old Gerlmy Javon Todd, drove his Mercedes-Benz convertible with Florida plates into the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta. Fortunately no one was injured in this crash, but it caused significant property damage.

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Mr. Todd smashed into the CNN Center at the corner of Marietta St. and Centennial Olympic Park Drive at around 4 a.m., according to Atlanta Police Department spokesman John Chafee. The car smashed the 10-foot-high plate glass window, which has been cordoned off with yellow tape, and came to a rest in the lobby. Mr. Todd had been driving near the intersection and left the roadway and struck the building. The police had a hard time figuring out how he did this, as there are poles and planters, light posts, and metal barriers protecting trees and plants. There was no sign of damage on these barriers. Police could not answer how he ran into the building or even which way he was going at the time. Mr. Chafee just told reporters, “While I don’t have additional info at the moment I feel it is safe to say that the car was on the road at some point and then left it.”

At first Mr. Todd told police that he had fallen asleep at the wheel after driving all night. Both he and his passenger refused medical assistance. Mr. Chafee said police noticed the smell of marijuana in the car. Mr. Todd had marijuana on him when the police arrived at the scene of the crash. He then admitted to police that he smoked as he was driving, as well.

Mr. Todd was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and possession of marijuana. Officials say that Mr. Todd was being held at the Grady Memorial Hospital detention facility. His passenger, a woman, reportedly went to collect boxes, a duffle bag, several shoeboxes, and a flat screen television from the damaged Mercedes before it was towed away.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys

While no one was injured here, the accident could have easily been far worse. If a reckless or negligent driver has injured you or a family member, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. To discuss your case and any steps to move forward with legal options to get any needed compensation, contact the Law Office of Sammons & Carpenter as soon as possible at 404-814-8948, or fill out our confidential online case evaluation form for a free consultation today.

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