Driver strikes sign, railing while attempting to park at City Hall
Belfast — A Texas man and his passenger avoided serious injury after their vehicle struck a sign and a railing near Belfast City Hall Monday, Aug. 26.
Belfast Police Officer Eric Kelley said Joseph Sherrod, 85, of Dallas, Texas, was attempting to pull into a handicap parking space at City Hall shortly before 1 p.m. in a 2012 Jeep Liberty, which was a rental, when he stepped on the accelerator pedal instead of the brake pedal.
The Jeep struck and drove over a handicap parking sign before striking a railing along a walkway that is located between City Hall and the Waldo County Superior Court. Kelley said the front end of the vehicle sustained significant damage and said the vehicle was most likely totaled.
“It just hit in just the right spot,” Kelley said of the vehicle striking the railing.
He said he was unsure of how much, if any, damage was done to the undercarriage of the vehicle as a result of driving over the sign.
Neither Sherrod nor his daughter, who was a passenger in the vehicle, were seriously injured. Kelley said Sherrod's daughter said she hurt her hand, but the injury did not require her to go to the hospital.
Eastside Garage towed the vehicle from the scene.
Kelley said there wasn't any major damage to the sign and the railing was only slightly bent.
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