VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — “I will never look at that utility pole the same way again,” mentioned Peabody’s proprietor Brandon Ramsey,
“I have never been so thankful for a piece of city property than I am for that thing right there,” he added, pointing to the utility pole that holds up the site visitors lights on the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 21st Street.
By wanting on the mangled automobile that crashed into the utility pole and caught hearth Friday evening, it’s arduous to consider folks on the bottom weren’t killed. The driver died within the crash.
Ramsey remembers Friday evening.
“That car was barreling down 21st Street, and it clipped the car along the way, and came in sideways and hit this pole, and that’s what saved everyone down 21st Street,” Ramsey mentioned.
Virginia State Police mentioned 28-year-old Andy Curry‘s Toyota Sedan was paced at sooner than 100 mph on Interstate 264 earlier than coming into the resort strip at Parks Avenue.
“I heard a loud pop because he had hit something on 21st Street,” Ramsey mentioned.
Ramey was on the sidewalk on the time exterior Peabody’s and a gaggle had simply been admitted to one of the vital in style evening life areas on the Oceanfront.
“I yelled for people to get out of the way, and at that point, he was coming through sideways,” Ramsey mentioned, referring to Curry’s automobile.
Ramsey thinks of the utility pole as a lifesaver arduous at work Friday evening.
“If that car had been three feet farther to the right, it would have wiped out everything along this sidewalk, and caused a lot more damage to this building,” he mentioned.
Next door at The Bunker BrewPub, it was a busy evening. A bunch of consumers had simply gone again contained in the Bunker 10 seconds at first went loopy.
“With the amount of debris that came from that car, anything could have happened. They could have been hit by anything, no telling what could have happened,” Ramsey mentioned.
Two folks have been struck by flying particles; one was taken to the hospital, the opposite refused therapy,
“All I can say is I love this pole. It saved my life, and it saved some others. I can’t tell you what could have happened and I’m thankful,” Ramsey mentioned.
This occasion mainly shut down the resort strip’s fundamental entrance for hours.
Just in from Ohio, Mike Mautz was checking into the Atrium Resort Hotel. Due to standing site visitors from the crash, his Lyft driver dropped him off on Parks Avenue, 5 blocks from the resort.
“It was 12:30 in the morning, dragging three suitcases with my wife and I. This is not what we expected,” Mautz mentioned.
The automobile caught hearth and police say Curry died on affect.
Not figuring out what would occur subsequent, Ramsey, with security in thoughts, ordered everybody out of Peabody’s.
“I chose to evacuate [Peabody’s] within 30 seconds,” Ramsey advised us.
People left, and a few didn’t clear their tabs.
“I was left holding the bag on some of that. People just left. We had to do what was most important, which is the safety of the people and that’s what we did.”
Ramsey doesn’t know the way a lot Friday evening value him, however fairly frankly, he additionally says he doesn’t care. Safety first — at all times. That’s the way you keep in enterprise for 26 years, he mentioned.