Bowlers were enjoying a late night game at AMF Peach Lanes on Bradley Park Drive in Columbus when a black Dodge Challenger came crashing through the side wall of the building. The brand new vehicle made it halfway inside, crushing the automatic ball return and leaving a garage door-sized hole in the metal siding. Somehow everyone escaped without injury.
"Luckily no one was hurt, but we had three or four people bowling on lane fifty five which is where it happened. So thankfully, everyone was safe. As soon as the car hit, everybody ran, they took off. Then they came back to get the driver to make sure he was okay. Sounds like somebody lost control, I'm not sure, but it jumped the curb and flew into the building," said Brian Shaw, AMF district manager.
The 22-year-old driver has owned the car for less than a year and paid for it himself. He just got off of work next door before this happened.
"Obviously I wasn't doing the parking lot speed limit, I was going faster than that, probably about 30 miles per hour, and when I went to park in that space over there, my brakes just locked up and I just kept sliding. I'm just thankful no one got hurt," said the driver, Brandon Barfield.
Peach Lanes is still open for business with the exception of two lanes closest to the wall. Police said Barfield was not drinking at the time of the accident.
"I was a little surprised the brakes locked up, I guess I just hit them too hard. I mean it was my fault, I shouldn't have been driving as fast as I was, but there's nothing I can do about it now," said Barfield.
Some witnesses were suspicious when they saw the parking lot covered in tire tracks, but Barfield denies he had anything to do with them. He said his car has traction control, which prevents him from doing burnouts.
Barfield added that he saw the person who caused all the tire marks because he works across the street, and it happened way before the accident.
By Friday afternoon, contractors were still repairing the damage, but they believe everything will be back to normal within a week.
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