Vehicle plows into West Ashley church; third incident in last three years

Vehicle plows into West Ashley church; third incident in last three years

WEST ASHLEY SC (WCSC) - For the third time in the last three years, a vehicle has crashed into a West Ashley church causing damage to the building.

The latest incident happened early Thursday morning.

The 18-year-old driver told police he was heading northbound on a wet Highway 61 when he lost control, hydroplaned, over corrected and slammed into the church's wall.

He and his passenger were not seriously hurt.

Damian Cote works at the pawn shop right across the street. Cote says he witnessed another car crashing into the church just a few months ago.

"We were sitting inside working and just saw a car drive right up into the corner and knock out that corner of the church," Cote said.

Cote says he was stunned when he found out it happened again Thursday morning.

"Came to work, couldn't believe it, couldn't believe another car hit it again.They just got done fixing it a few weeks ago and again here it is, exact location."

We learned yet another vehicle caused damage to the church back in 2012.

According to a police report, the driver was drunk, crossed over Wappoo Road, drove onto the sidewalk and lawn and rolled over.

"Somebody could have been seriously injured or killed, a pedestrian walking, women with their babies' carriages, people inside the church, people going to church. Lucky no one got hurt," Cote said.

So now the church has to literally pick up the pieces and repair the wall again, and try to figure out how to protect their property.

The driver in Thursday's incident was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions.

We reached out to the pastor of Graham AME Church for a comment, but he declined to be interviewed.

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