Car smashes into Centerville LA Fitness, lands in pool; swimmer, driver hurt

A driver smashed through a window and into a swimming pool Monday afternoon at the Centerville LA Fitness, sending two people to a local hospital.

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A swimmer was injured as the car landed in the pool, and the car’s driver also was taken to a hospital following the crash reported just before 3 p.m. at the gym, 45 West Alex Bell Road. Police described both injuries as “non-serious.”

Investigators are working to determine how the crash happened, but they do not believe it was not a result of any medical conditions.

Two other people in the swimming area were not injured, police said.

“It definitely could have been a lot worse,” Centerville police Sgt. Jeff Kaercher said.

Jim Lee of Xenia was at the fitness center when he saw all the commotion.

“I was just working out and then I saw a bunch of people running toward the locker room,” Lee said. “I walked out and there’s a car in the pool.”

Lee said he was thankful more people were not in the pool area, because he has seen as many as 30 to 40 people in the pool during water aerobics classes.

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