An Arlington church is in repair mode after a car punched a hole in its cafeteria wall Wednesday afternoon, leaving the driver in critical condition.
The driver of the car, a woman in her 60s, was critically injured when she drove through a window at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Larkin Road at Arlington Expressway.
Geraldine Ransome Fields Christian Academy sits right behind the church, but the school children eat inside the church's cafeteria for lunch.
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Parents were arriving to pick up their children up from school when they saw a car sticking out of the building.
"We have kept the kids away so they didn't see anything," parent Marlo Cash said.
Police said the woman driving the car was navigating the curve next to the school when she failed to turn and crashed through the lower level window. Children had cleared out of the cafeteria not long before the crash, and no one inside the church was hurt.
On Thursday, the church had plywood covering up the broken window, but the tread marks and the glass left from where the car through the window were still visible.
"A lot of people don't realize the church is in use by children during the week and that people speed in the area," Cash said.
The school said it may reach out to the city in hopes of taking some preventative measures so this doesn't happen again.
"It is very scary because people fly and they've got to do something, put a guard up, put a rail up," Cash said.
Wednesday's crash was not because someone purposely drove recklessly into the building. The driver's family said she had an aneurism and is still in critical condition at Mayo Clinic. The family said the reason she lost control was due to that medical emergency.
"All the kids are writing letters to her and her family," Cash said.
The president of the church is out of town and said the building can be fixed, and their prayers are with the driver.