The Wausau man who crashed his car through two walls of a shopping mall is in some ways a very lucky man.
He's lucky that he didn't sustain any injuries. He's lucky that his car crash didn't cause any injuries to workers or customers at the shopping center. He's not so lucky in the sense that he faces criminal charges for driving his vehicle while under the influence of a restricted substance.
Wausau law enforcement officials said they found a syringe and spoon in the crushed remains of the 23-year-old's car.
The crash happened a week ago at about 10:40 in the morning. It was then that the man's Volkswagen Jetta went barreling through a glass and brick exterior wall before careening through a hallway and then through the glass doors of a large retailer's optical shop. It was there inside the eyewear shop that the car finally came to a halt.
The driver was quickly taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he required treatment for minor injuries before he was released to law enforcement.
Police officials said that the man remembered getting into his car in the parking lot outside, but didn't recall anything after that. He said it was likely he had experienced a blackout.
It's not difficult to imagine the horrific injuries a car going fast enough to hurtle through walls and windows could inflict upon a child, woman or man unfortunate enough to be in its path that day.
In similar situations, there is simply no way of apologizing enough or compensating those victims enough for the pain and suffering they endure as a result of those injuries and the often painful surgeries and rehabilitation required afterwards.
Resource: Wausau Daily Herald: "Driver cited for drug use before crash into Shopko": February 12, 2011