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Van loses control, damages two cars in Langley

First responders inspect a three-car crash on Second Street in Langley on Friday, Dec. 13. Jean Hurt, 78, lost control of her van as she pulled out of the Langley Post Office parking lot and slammed into a parked Subaru Forester, which hit a Honda Civic next to it.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
First responders inspect a three-car crash on Second Street in Langley on Friday, Dec. 13. Jean Hurt, 78, lost control of her van as she pulled out of the Langley Post Office parking lot and slammed into a parked Subaru Forester, which hit a Honda Civic next to it.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Jean Hurt, 78, lost control for unknown reasons last Friday, a police officer said, causing her to crash into two parked cars on Second Street in Langley.

The crash did not injure the van’s driver, though it attracted quite a bit of attention on the busy street at about 2:50 p.m. Neither driver of the other cars were in their vehicles at the time.

Just across the road from the post office and in front of the Animal Hospital by the Sea, passers by gawked, some even recognizing and chatting the vehicle owners involved in the crash.

Langley police officer Charlie Liggitt said the van’s driver pulled out of the post office parking lot and lost control. The cause was unknown, though Liggitt said Hurt’s age may be a reason.

“The fact was she was unsure what had caused her to do it,” Liggitt said. “She seemed confused at the scene and was uninjured or impaired as far as drugs or alcohol.”

He was considering filing a request with the Washington State Department of Licensing to have Hurt re-tested for her driver’s license.

The van careened into a parked Subaru Forester, a small SUV, which slammed into the parked Honda Civic hatchback parked next to it in front of the animal hospital.

The van hopped over the curb and onto the sidewalk with its passenger side wheels on the walkway.

Liggitt attempted to back the car off the sidewalk, grinding the front ends of the van and the passenger-side panel of the Subaru. As he tried to reverse straight back, Liggitt found axle damage that made it difficult to drive in reverse. He estimated the damage to be more than $750

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