Motorist that crashed into Topper’s was a teenager

POSTED: 10/1/14 5:25 PM

St. Maarten – The motorist that drove a car into topper’s restaurant in Simpson Bay on Saturday morning has been identified as 19-year-old K.E.C. The police report did not mention whether the young woman was under the influence of alcohol.

The accident occurred around 3 p.m.; barely an hour after a company of Dutch marines had left the place after an evening of karaoke. The police report states that the 19-year-old was together with a passenger in her car. The teenager told police that she has been in the process of overtaking a car when she met oncoming traffic. She pulled immediately to the right and then crashed into the fence near Topper’s restaurant, tore through a large billboard, destroyed benches and tables in front of the bar, ripped apart part of the restaurant’s office and slammed into the wall of an adjacent building.

When the car came to a stop, it caught fire. The driver suffered a blow to her head and reported pain in her right arm. She escaped together with her passenger from the burning car through a broken window.

The fire department brought the flames under control. Paramedics first treated the driver on the scene and then transported her to the St. Maarten Medical Center. Afterwards, police allowed her to go home. The passenger did not suffer any injuries.

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