Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Department Responds to Motor Vehicle Crash into House
BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department responded to a crash yesterday where a woman drove her vehicle into the front of a home.
On Tuesday, Oct. 31, at approximately 2 p.m., Burlington Police received a report that a car had crashed into a house on Center Street.
Upon arrival, police observed a gray 2015 Toyota Camry on the front lawn of a home on Center Street. The driver, a 54-year-old Burlington woman, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. The passenger was not injured in the crash.
The Camry sustained serious front end damage and was towed from the scene.
Following an on-scene investigation, police determined that the Burlington woman was on Birchcrest Street when she suddenly accelerated about 40 feet down the road, through a 5-foot embankment and onto the front lawn of a residence on Center Street. The car collided with a set of brick stairs and a pillar in front of the house. The brick patio and lawn also sustained damage.
Upon further investigation, police learned that as the driver was approaching the stop sign on Birchcrest Street, she was unable to reach the brake pedal, likely because her car had been detailed earlier that day and the seat had not been properly readjusted.