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Car crashes like this one don't happen when people STOP at stop signs, instead of sliding through

DAVID F. ASHTON - An East Precinct officer watches, as the owner of a T-boned BMW gets items from her vehicle. A side-impact vehicle accident in the intersection of 57th Avenue and S.E. Ramona Street, in the Woodstock neighborhood, summoned emergency first-responders on Friday, July 13, at 1:44 p.m.

Apparently a Chevy Coachman van had been southbound on 57th Avenue. The van's driver told THE BEE that she'd slowed down at the intersection and looked both ways, but conceded that she didn't come to a complete stop.

As she proceeded into the intersection, a white BMW was eastbound on S.E. Ramona Street. This direction of travel does not have a stop sign; the driver entered the intersection and was T-boned by the Chevy van.

"I didn't see the car at all, it must have been going very fast," speculated the van driver.

The resulting side-impact crash spun the BMW 90 degrees, so it was facing south; the van driver continued a quarter block south, and parked.

Two youths in the BMW were transported to a local hospital for evaluation and possible treatment. "The medical transport was at their discretion; this is not currently listed as a trauma incident," reported an East Precinct officer at the scene. There is no word on whether either driver was cited in the mishap.

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