Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

BMW jumps curb, hits sign that knocks over family

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A Gaithersburg man received a traffic citation last week after his BMW struck a sign in the Kentlands that fell and injured a family of five, county police said.

The incident happened at 11:13 a.m. Aug. 14 at the intersection of Centerpoint Way and Market Street East, when the 60-year-old driver was distracted by movie posters on the wall of the Kentlands Stadium 10, said Lucille Baur, a spokeswoman for Montgomery County Police.

His vehicle jumped the curb and knocked over a metal, A-frame sign that fell on the family, who were waiting to cross the street, Baur said.

The family, including 34-year-old father, 31-year-old mother, a 3-year-old, 1-year-old and an infant, all of the Kentlands, were taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and released that evening, Baur said.

The sign struck the father on the forehead, right shoulder and arm.

The mother was hit on the leg, causing a chain reaction where the 3-year-old was knocked over and a stroller containing the infant and 1-year-old fell over, Baur said.

The children in the stroller were buckled in and did not fall out, Baur said.

The driver was charged with failure to control his speed and to avoid a collision, Baur said.

Baur did not have information about how fast the BMW was traveling, what model BMW it was, or the sign’s dimensions.