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No Citations Issued in Plainfield Gazebo Crash

No one was hurt when a car crashed into a gazebo at Old Renwick Trail Park.

The 19-year-old driver of a car that struck the gazebo at Old Renwick Trail Park was not ticketed, Joliet police said.


The gazebo at the park, located off Old Renwick Trail not far from Renwick Road, was taken down by Plainfield Park District staff on Sunday after the car crashed into it on Saturday night.

Cmdr. Al Roechner said the driver told police that prior to the crash, another vehicle was riding his car's bumper. The other vehicle then pulled up alongside the 19-year-old's Mitsubishi Galant, forcing it off the road and causing it to crash into the gazebo, the driver claimed.

Roechner said police did spot another set of tire tracks in the road near the crash site, which could corroborate the teen's story. He said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Police said no tickets were issued to the driver of the car.

A resident of the neighborhood said in an email to Patch that she saw the white car speeding through the area prior to the crash.

"Several neighbors noted the young driver of the car was laughing, and telling his friends to take pictures, and post it on Twitter," after the crash, she said. 

No one was injured in the incident, Roechner said.

Plainfield Park District spokesman Doug Booth said Superintendent of Parks Gene Coldwater arrived at the park shortly after the accident. The next morning, crews took the gazebo down for safety reasons, so that no one could walk underneath the damaged structure.

Booth said the park district will have to rebuild the gazebo, which he called a total loss. 
Ericus Alanas May 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Insurance will most likely cover it, it may just appear that his story of not racing and someone vehicularly attacking him outweighed a few neighbors and witnesses providing that he was speeding and racing with another car. Still quite funny as he is referred to as "the 19 year old" rather than his real name.
Tina May 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM
This was no accident. There is a 4 way stop right next to the park. If the driver was driving the speed limit or preparing to stop and with the small hill the car had to go up, it is crazy to say he was not doing something wrong. Someone could have been injured or even killed, it is a playground and there was a table under the gazebo. I guess eye witness accounts mean nothing anymore.
Dan B May 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Now if this "kid" was not wearing his seat belt the PPD would of been all over him.
John Tips May 14, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Hope this kids insurance company pays to rebuild it and NOT we Taxpayers!
ORT Resident May 14, 2014 at 04:20 PM
This is a load of crap. I wittnessed this kid speeding down this same street less than 10 minutes before this happened and he blew through another set of stop signs. Many of us who were at the accident site told the office he is known to speed through here and I said he was just doing it minutes ago. And if I heard correctly a few young girls just left there minutes before the crash. I have made Several complaints to the Joliet Police Department for over a year regarding the excessive speeding near the park and they have yet to take us seriously. This kid thinks it's a joke becaus he was laughing afterwards saying "I need to Instagram and Tweet this sh!+.". And as they towed away the car he was more worried about the rims and on top of this the parents were not there.

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