A man driving at 40 to 50 miles per hour out of the Fry's Electronics parking lot Thursday morning collided with a nearby parked car, causing a domino-effect crash that left four unoccupied cars damaged. The driver has been taken to Stanford Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The man, driving a red Subaru Forester, sped out of a south driveway from the Fry's parking lot onto Park Boulevard, according to Palo Alto Fire Department Captain Paul Schultz. The Subaru went up a curb through two trees, hitting the front side of a blue Toyota Prius parked in the Vance Brown Builders parking lot at 3197 Park Blvd.
The force of the impact caused a domino effect, with the Prius hitting three other cars in the parking lot: a white Toyota sedan, a white truck and a silver Audi hatchback. No one was inside any of the cars at the time. The Prius absorbed most of the impact with its windshield shattered and front hood completely smashed in.
The red Subaru came to rest on its side against a tree. Fire Department staff braced the underside of the car to keep it from tipping over while they extricated the driver.
Schultz said it is unknown at this time if the driver has any medical issues, but the owner of the blue Prius, who works at Vance Brown Builders and was inside the building at the time of the crash, said police told her that the man has a history of seizures. She also said that after the crash, the driver did not remember what had happened.
Traffic in both directions on the 3200 block of Park Boulevard was temporarily closed to traffic.