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West Hartford Garage Extensively Damaged When Vehicle Pushed Through Wall

A garage in West Hartford sustained structural damage. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

A vehicle inside a West Hartford garage was pushed through the back wall when it was hit by another vehicle in the driveway, police said.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police said significant damage occurred after a vehicle inside a garage on Fairwood Farms Road was struck by another vehicle Thursday whose driver was attempting to pull out of the driveway.

The home is located on a steep slope, with a garage bay in the front of the house and another garage bay below that, around the back side of the house, Capt. Eric Rocheleau said.

According to Rocheleau, an individual had pulled into the driveway to pick up the homeowner, and stopped facing the garage bay in the front of the house, which is also at the bottom of a slope. The garage door was closed.

The driver’s car had the type of shift mechanism where you turn a knob to change gears, Rocheleau said, and the driver believed it was in reverse when he let off the brake, intending to back up the driveway to depart.

The vehicle began rolling forward but the driver, thinking that the rolling was due to the decline, hit the gas to give the vehicle more power to go backward – but since the car was actually in “drive” he headed forward instead, striking the closed door to the garage, Rocheleau said.

“He didn’t realize how much damage he had done, and [then] backed out and left,” Rocheleau said.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police were notified at 2:15 p.m. once the homeowner realized that a vehicle inside the upper garage bay had been “pushed partially though the back wall of the garage causing significant damage to the garage,” police said.

The Town of West Hartford’s Building Department inspected the damage, and determined that the garage is structurally unsafe.

The incident remains under investigation by West Hartford Police.

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