An out of control car crashed rear-end first into and through the front entrance of the 1010 Medical Building off Bridge Street in Newport this morning. The accident didn’t injure the driver but it badly injured an unsuspecting elderly man who was walking through the doors at the time.
Police say it all started when 76 year old Barrett Roesing of Tidewater started his car in the parking lot of the 1010 Building and then prepared to depart. Police say Roesing put his car in reverse and his car took off at a high rate of speed in reverse, bounced off a 1010 Building support column and then crashed through the front doors of the building – unfortunately hitting the 83 year old man walking through the doors just at that instant. The impact thrust the victim through the first set of glass doors and then also through the second set of glass doors. He was very severely injured. He was rushed to PCH where he was quickly loaded aboard a medical helicopter and was flown to a trauma center in the valley.
Meanwhile, Newport Police, after talking with Mr. Roesing, determined that he had driven recklessly and had caused major injuries to another person. Roesing was cited and given a date to appear in court and then released.
No word yet on the condition of the 83 year old victim. His name was not released by police.