BREAKING NEWS! Car crashes into UAB Commons!
You heard correctly. Some time this afternoon, I would guess around 4pm or so, a car crashed into the Commons at UAB! I have no idea why someone would do this, but there is a ton of speculation going around. First I heard that it was a disgruntled employee from the Commons seeking revenge! Then I heard that it was a student who was stressed out over finals. Then as I stood around I eventually heard like 15 different stories about why this guy rammed his car into the dining hall lol. Who knows why he actually did it, but I will tell you what we do know for sure.
The facts: Some guy driving a 2 door passenger car (a Yaris) drove up onto the Green from University Blvd. and proceeded south on the Green until he got near the Commons. He pulled a U-turn narrowly missing a Prayer Tent that had been set up on the Green (looks like the praying paid off!) and stomped the gas aiming straight for the big bay windows of the Commons which overlook the Green. Well, as you can see, he was successful. When I got there, which was soon after it had happened, the tow truck was hooking up to the car to pull it out of the Commons. The damn car was half way inside! (After the crash witnesses said he simply got out of the car and sat down, he was arrested soon after.) I ran inside and got some great pictures of the inside of the commons where the car had come through. Luckily no one was hurt, but it was only by pure luck (or maybe the prayer warriors outside) that no one was injured. I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:
Update! I added 4 new pics that were taken MOMENTS after the crash occured. There is a picture of the driver and some of him being arrested. Pics were taken by Kelly Davis on her phone. It looks like her and some other students tried to talk to the guy but he just cussed at them and told them to leave him alone. What a nut case!
Official statement from UAB:
At approximately 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 27, registered UAB student Luther D. Shell drove his Toyota Yaris into the Commons on the Green dining facility on the UAB campus (900 16th Street South). No one was injured; university officials estimate the damage to the building, which consists primarily of broken glass, as in excess of $2,500.
Shell was taken from the scene to the UAB Hospital Emergency Room for examination. UAB Police then arrested him and charged him with two felonies; one count of reckless endangerment and one of criminal mischief in the first degree. Shell has been placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of a non-academic conduct review.
Shell, DOB March 4, 1982, is listed as an undeclared business major in the university’s directory.
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