Topeka, Shawnee County vehicles vs. buildings
A car that ended up in the garage of a southwest Topeka home left a path of destruction, including a grill, another car and two basketball goals Friday afternoon. Read more. (Photo by J.C. Reeves)
An SUV ran into a vacant building on Tuesday at a southwest Topeka shopping center. The building is directly next to Westlake Ace Hardware and Hunam Chinese Restaurant. Read more. Photo by Eric Smith/The Capital-Journal.
A car ran into the front of a residence Wednesday in East Topeka following an apparent chase, and several law enforcement officials were on scene investigating with guns drawn. Read more. Photo by Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal.
A car crashed into a house in central Topeka shortly before shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, making it the second vehicle to collide into a structure in less than two hours.
Topeka police Lt. Steve Roth said the vehicle’s occupants fled from the crash, and the driver was later located at a local hospital with minor injuries. He said several traffic citations were issued.
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A man fleeing from police crashed a car into an unoccupied east Topeka building shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Photo by Katie Moore/The Capital-Journal. Read more here.
A vehicle was coming in for brake service when it struck a building at Doug Richert Cadillac dealership in central Topeka. Topeka Police Department Officer Kyle Jeannerett said the woman driving the vehicle was taken to a hospital to be checked out for possible injuries. (Photo by Samantha Foster/The Capital-Journal)
A medical emergency caused a motorist to lose control of his vehicle in central Topeka, police said. The man was driving north on S.W. Washburn when he lost consciousness and left the road to the east, missing a tree but striking the side of a parked pickup truck and then a car.
The parked car then struck the foundation of a house in the 1700 block of S.W. Washburn, though Cobler said no serious damage appeared to have occurred. (Photograph by Samantha Foster/The Capital-Journal)
A car skidded off the roadway and struck a house in southeast Topeka. No one was home and no one was injured. Photo by Katie Moore/The Capital-Journal. Click here for the story.
An 18-year-old Topeka boy died after he was shot while he was driving in the west alley of the 1500 block of S.W. Mulvane. Colton Chad Christenson was unresponsive when officers arrived and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The car he was driving crashed into the front porch of 1708 S.W. 15th after the shooting.
A runaway car almost hit Ron Bessler’s East Topeka in 2011, but it stopped about 15 feet short of his residence, thanks to a small tree and snow on the ground.
Bessler wasn’t so fortunate this time around, as he was jolted awake when an unoccupied pickup truck rolled down the driveway of a nearby convenience store, crossed a busy five-lane street and slammed into the front of his residence.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred just east of S.E. 6th and Rice Road.
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“My wife saved my life this morning.”
So said Nick Rossich minutes after an out-of-control pickup truck crashed into the couple’s home just southeast of downtown Topeka.
Moments before hitting the house, the truck ran into a power pole about a half block away, knocking out electricity to a large chunk of the downtown and central Topeka areas for about 45 minutes.
Photo by Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal
Topeka has seen at least nine vehicles crash into structures in 2017. And since May 2011, the city and county have seen dozens of such incidents.