Driver distracted by balloons hits Topeka hotel
Published on -10/19/2012, 10:04 AM
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A young Topeka driver distracted by balloons lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a hotel, narrowly missing a woman inside one of the hotel's rooms.
Topeka police say the helium balloons inside the car were obstructing 17-year-old Kelli Young's vision while she drove Thursday night. When she tried to push them out of the way, her SUV crashed through a perimeter fence, a fire hydrant and hit two vehicles in the parking lot of the Value Place hotel.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/QwfnuU ) Young's vehicle eventually ended up halfway into hotel room.
Twenty-eight-year-old Michelle Williams of El Dorado was staying in the room. She says the vehicle stopped about 3 inches from her.
No one was injured. Charges have not been filed.