Car crashes through Kennewick church (w/video)

Tri-City HeraldApril 24, 2014 

A driver who suffered a medical seizure crashed his car into and then through the Highway Tabernacle Church of God about 1:10 p.m. Thursday.

Steven McGee, 60, of West Richland, had just picked up his seizure medication at Fred Meyer in Kennewick and was northbound on Highway 395 driving a 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible, according to Kennewick police officer Mike Gaines.

As the seizure started, his foot pressed down on the gas pedal, Gaines said. The passenger in the car, Margaret Brooks, 47, of West Richland, grabbed the wheel.

Because traffic was stopped in front of the car at the stoplight, she turned the wheel, steering the car off the road, Gaines said.

The car went airborne over the curb into the church's parking lot and then crashed into the office section of the church, Gaines said. No one was in the offices, but people were elsewhere in the church.

The car traveled through two offices before crashing out the back wall and stopping behind the church, which is at 2715 W. Seventh Ave. in Kennewick.

The only medical treatment required was for McGee's seizure condition, according to officers.

A Kennewick city building inspector checked out the site and the building will need to be shored up before the section where the crash occurred can be entered.

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