Car-into-building accident count hits 106

Cassidy Boyer Apple, Staff Writer


Two more accidents over the last two days brings the number of vehicle-structure accidents in 2015 to 106.

On December 15, there were 4 of these incidents in one day, bringing to count from 100 to 104.

Over the summer, we saw a spike in these types of collisions, and predicted that we would have over 100 accidents by the end of the year.

Though the incidents occurred less frequently in September and October, a sudden increase in November and now December has made this prediction a reality. 

There were 105 of these types of accidents by this time in 2014, and 103 by this time in 2013. 

Many think these are mainly caused by winter-type weather, but 49 of this year's incidents occurred in the spring and summer months. 

Former NewsCenter 7 anchor John Paul, who was fascinated by the trend during his time in Dayton, actually found that Florida (known for its mild weather) surpasses Ohio for the state with the most car into building crashes.  

This begs the question of what actually causes these accidents. The graph below shows the location and details of this year's incidents, and sleepiness, alcohol, mechanical issues, and unlicensed drivers have been listed as causes.

Texting could also be a major cause, but is difficult to prove, so is not often listed on reports. 

The Dayton Fire Department created its own code for this type of accident, AUTOHSE, in 2013.  At the time, the interim fire chief said he could not explain why so many vehicles run into homes and buildings in this area. 

Here is a list of Miami Valley businesses crashed into since January:

B and D Body Shop in Dayton, La Rosa's Pizza in Beavercreek, Howard's IGA in Springfield, Big Mike's Pass 'n Go in Clark County, Dayton Forging and Heat Company, Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield, Yaffa Grill and Market in Miamiasburg, Ohio    Hearing Center in Dayton, Beams Auto Repair in Jefferson Township, Food Mart in Dayton, Pak-A-Sak in Fort Recovery, Verizon store in Beavercreek, Ace Hardware in New Carlisle, CVS in Miamisburg, Family Video in Dayton, Stop and Shop convenience store in  Dayton, Entemann's Bakery in Dayton, Wendy's in Troy, Boost Mobile in Dayton, Ken's Pharmacy in Vandalia, Preferred Car Care in Springfield, Good Samaritan Hospital, Verizon store in Urbana, Staples store in Centerville, Meijer store in Springfield, Premier Health Specialists Ohio Eyecare Institute in Xenia, Salon 747 in West Chester, Mark Swaney car dealership in Wapakoneta, St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Beavercreek, JJ Fish and Chicken restaurant in Dayton

Here is a list of particular incidents with interesting stories:

  1.  After running into a semi truck on Monday, an SUV dislodged from the back of the truck and travelled into an Entemann’s Bakery. (Click for full story)
  3.  In May, a driver swerved into a home after his van was shot at, and his passenger suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks. (Click for full story)
  5.  During a different shooting incident in June, one person on the scene of a car-into-home accident suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. (Click for full story)
  7.  In March, a home on the 100 block of West Market Street in Troy was hit by a vehicle for the second time in three years, according to a newscast from NewsCenter7’s Steve Baker. 

See the map below for details on all the accidents, or click here for a complete list.

MAP: zoom using feature on left, move map around using mouse, and click on red markers for detailed info