Vehicle Crash into Community Center Results in Several Thousand Dollars of Repairs
Interior, exterior and landscaping damages equal $25,000 or more.
On Jan. 4, 22-year old Dumfries resident Gregory Bryan Carpenter II smashed his car right into the Sherbrooke Swim and Acquatic clubhouse. Carpenter, a graduate of Hylton High School, ran over 45 feet from the parking lot in the Sherbrooke town home community in Lake Ridge, traveling over several yards of grass and landscaping before the car finally made impact.
"I was shocked and in disbelief when I heard," community manager Stacy Panuzio said. "It didn't register at first."
According to Panuzio, the damages to the clubhouse estimate to be at least $25,000. The damaged outer area of the clubhouse has been cleanly boarded up while payment for repairs is in the works.
"There are four windows that need to be replaced, a supporting wall structure and surrounding landscaping that needs repairing," Panuzio said, adding that payment is still being settled between insurance companies.
Although the clubhouse is the community center that houses board meetings and serves as a recreational area for residents to use, Panuzio recommends that while repairs are in process, residents should inquire into Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association (LRPA) if they need to rent space for clubhouse activities.
"There will be a small fee to pay, but LRPA usually has space available," Panuzio said.