Danbury police: Driver says New Street crash was accidental
DANBURY — The driver of the van that crashed into a building on New Street this past weekend told police it was an accident.
Emergency personnel responded to the building at 39 New St. on Sunday around 6:20 p.m., and found a full-sized van had crashed into it. The building is a house owned by the Philadelphia Pentecostal Church that’s used as a rectory.
The collision caused considerable damage to the building, including to structural supports to the second floor.
The driver told police it all started in a parking lot on the property.
According to police, the driver said he had the vehicle in drive and went to put his foot on the brake pedal but accidentally hit the gas — causing the van to accelerate forward into the southside wall of the building.
The driver reported an injury to his left hand and EMS evaluated him at the scene, police said. He refused to go to the hospital.
To prevent further damage from collapse, firefighters used their skills and specialized tools to shore up the unsafe building.
Fire department spokesperson James Gagliardo said the support will “last a while but is just temporary.”
“The shoring is to stabilize the building until a repair can be made by a contractor,” he said.
After securing the water and electrical services, the building was inspected by the Fire Marshal’s Office, as well as a city Building Department official who also met with church representatives to lead them through the restoration process.