Hampton woman says she’s lucky to be alive after light pole smashes onto car


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Hampton woman says she’s lucky to be alive after a massive light pole crashed onto her car as she was standing just feet away.

The crashing light pole came down during stormy weather on August 2nd at the Langley Square shopping center on West Mercury Boulevard. 

Catherine Case says it was chaos, and it took her an entire day for the shock to wear off. 

“I could have been killed,” said Case. “It was so surreal, I mean everybody screamed, there were a lot of people, a lot of witnesses.”

Case was at the Food Lion and says she got to the register, but forgot an item and ran back to the aisle to grab it. 

“If I did not forget, something could have happened to me. I close my eyes at night to go to sleep and I see myself in the car, the pole falling on the car, and me being crushed in the car,” Case said.  

She witnessed a light pole swaying in the wind and eventually crashing down onto her mini-van. She says the damage was $4,000 and her car is totaled.

“I was going to walk to work one day and my girlfriend said ‘oh no you aren’t.’ I have multiple sclerosis.  My legs swell up to nothing.”

Case reached out to 10 On Your Side because she wants more from the property management company, The Katsias Company, which she’s been in touch with.

“I want someone to take accountability because at least they should have provided me a rental car.”

10 On Your Side reached out to Deborah Tate with The Katsias Company. 

Tate sent a statement saying: “It is paramount to The Katsias Company, and at the top of the list of urgency to ensure safety and security of all of our properties.  We take great pride in our properties and the safety of those we have visit each. We responded immediately, as well as reached out to Case’s company first due to the lack of ability for her adjuster to reach me. I have physically and visually inspected the rest of the property to ensure there are no other exposures and with hurricane season upon us, we are considering any additional safety measures. This is clearly an insurance issue being handled by both entities.” 

Case responded: “They should have done the right thing from the beginning, they should have said, yes we are going to pay your deductible we are going to pay your rental car.” She says she needs to pay for a rental car out of pocket, which is money she wasn’t expecting to spend since she’s saving for a trip to see her father in Pennsylvania. 

A spokeswoman with the City of Hampton says a code inspector visited the shopping complex on August 7 and there were no code violations in relation to the polls at that location. 

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