WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) - A vehicle slammed into a motel in Williamsburg Monday night.
Maj. Greg Riley with the Williamsburg Police Department told WAVY.com the crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Richmond Road. Riley said the driver of a 2007 Mazda was in the drive-thru of Dunkin Donuts when she accelerated out of the drive-thru, crossed Richmond Road and hit the Princess Anne Motor Lodge.
"We apparently had just missed the actual impact of the driver driving into the building," said witness Debbie Cobb. "We looked over and could see the smoke actually swelling from the building. You could see the car was in there half of the car was out. We were very concerned of possible injuries or fatalities. We couldn’t believe how it happened, knowing this area well."
Due to the crash and the damage to the building, seven people were displaced and relocated to another motel. WAVY.com caught up with two of the people inside when the accident happened.
"Mom had just called me out of my room," said motel guest Anongwagdee Hohoo. "I was in bed. About 10 minutes later a loud boom."
"We was talking in the dining room and my baby was crawling and then we heard the noise," said motel guest Watsamonphan Singkhot. "A lady said 'oh go get your baby, go get your baby.' We had no phones because we just ran as fast as we can."
Riley said the driver was transported to local medical facility for treatment of minor injuries. She has been identified as 41-year-old Ann-Margaret Bethea of Hampton. Riley said she has been charged with reckless driving.
The cause remains under investigation at this time.
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