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Car drops on SUV in Rt. 8 accident today

June 27, 2014 News Extra

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BUTLER TWP — A car landed on top of another vehicle parked at the Advance Auto lot on Route 8 this morning.

Brian Kuhlman, 39, of South Bend Township, Armstrong County, was dozing in the back of his minivan waiting for the store to open so he could deliver parts.

His Nissan Quest was parked at the curb facing Evans Road when a Toyota Matrix driven by Amanda Doss, 26, of Lufkin, Texas, dropped onto it.

“I was sound asleep in the back of the van,” Kuhlman said in an interview. “I woke up to a thud.”

Doss said she lost control of her car while trying to avoid another vehicle that came into her Route 8 northbound lane.

Her car hopped a curb bordering the landscaped section between the auto parts store lot and Evans Road and went airborne off the embankment.

“I didn't see the car,” she said about Kuhlman's vehicle while talking to police.

The front passenger side tire crashed through the minivan's windshield.

The impact pushed the minivan into the middle of the lot.

Kuhlman had small cuts on his nose and his calf, the latter of which resulted from moving through his vehicle after the crash.

Doss also had minor injuries. Both refused medical treatment.

Sgt. Steve Hensel of the township police said Doss was traveling in the right northbound lane of the highway when her car went across all four lanes, over the curbs of the parking lot's corner at the intersection.

“She went on a 45-degree angle,” he said.

Hensel said that first impact blew out the car's passenger side tires.

Doss' vehicle then went across the access road to the lot before going over the curb to the landscaped area.

Doss is charged with reckless driving and not driving at a safe speed.

The accident was reported to the Butler County 911 dispatch center at 5:21 a.m. Crews cleared the scene at 6:39 a.m.

Doss told police she is in town to visit a pregnant friend. She said during the interview she was en route to Slippery Rock to attend a baby shower on Saturday.

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