Blind man crashes truck into Kennewick Safeway entrance, plants

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A blind man driving a GMC Suburban crashed into a row of plants and a pillar in front of Safeway at 2825 W. Kennewick Ave on Tuesday morning.

According to a Facebook post by the Kennewick Police Department, the incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8. Officers responded to Safeway for a single-vehicle versus building collision.

When they arrived at the grocery store, they observed the truck stopped in front of the building, blocking the entryway to the west doors of the supermarket. Several plants for sale that were stationed in front of Safeway were damaged in the crash. The front of the truck crashed into a concrete base of one of the support pillars in front of the store.

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Officers saw the sole occupant of the car, who has been identified publically as 62-year-old Christian Searcy, sitting in the driver’s seat. He identified himself as blind to the local authorities and said that he had stayed in the parking lot overnight in his vehicle. The man said that he was uncomfortable in the morning and tried to find a new location to rest.

As Searcy tried to drive the vehicle, he crashed into the door since he could not see where he was going. Kennewick police identified him as the driver at fault for the accident and cited him for driving with a suspended license.

Kennewick police have not offered any additional information at this time.


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