A single-car crash on Oct. 27 sent some Manassas residents into the dark and sent one person to the hospital. Exactly what happened is still not known. What is known is that a vehicle crashed into a utility pole at around 4 p.m. near the intersection of Mathis Avenue and Manassas Drive, according to a Manassas Park fire department official.
According to the official, one person had to be airlifted from the scene of the car accident and taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The exact nature of those injuries and the person's condition is not known. Witnesses reported that the person was a young boy who was first transported to the Parkside School and then airlifted to the hospital. It is unknown what the boy's relation was to the driver of the car, or whether or not the boy was riding in the car.
According to a post on the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative website, an estimated 208 power outages occurred in Manassas Park an hour after the car crash. Power was expected to be restored later that same evening.
While the facts of what exactly happened are still under investigation, the driver of the vehicle that hit the pole may be looking at criminal charges for reckless driving, along with personal injury claims if it is proven he or she had anything to do with the boy's injuries. It is important to point out that passengers in a single-car wreck have the same rights as people injured in a multi-vehicle accident caused by someone else's negligent or reckless conduct. The boy's family might be able to pursue a claim for personal injury against the driver of the car.
Source: Manassas Park Patch, "Manassas Drive shut down after car crashes into utility pole," Oct. 27, 2011