Brentwood-Darlington neighbors are sympathetic; it is difficult to see oncoming traffic or pedestrians when driving west on S.E. Flavel Street when the sun is low in the sky.
But, witnesses say, sun-blinding had nothing at all to do with the wreck that occurred on Friday, July 21, at 6:25 p.m., when a full size Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck swerved into an oncoming Toyota Solara SE.
"The pickup either turned around, or came out of the driveway of the second house [to the east of S.E. 52nd Avenue], on S.E. Flavel Street – and was heading west," said witness Jim Baird. "The guy was kind of hot-dogging it. He really hit the gas and 'lit up' his tires, and started to fishtail – and ran right into the [eastbound] car.
"It looked like he was trying to take off; he put it in reverse, and when he backed up, he pulled the side panel off the car!" Baird added.
Several East Precinct police cars rushed to the scene, as did the crew of Engine 25 from the Woodstock Fire Station. Two ambulances joined the response.
Both the driver of the Silverado and the driver of the Toyota were prepared for transport, then taken to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment.
"From what we've learned, it looks like the driver of the Chevy pickup will be cited for at least one traffic violation," an investigating officer told THE BEE, as we went to press with this issue.