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Car plows into CGH

No one injured, but it ‘could have been so much worse,’ says CGH CEO

STERLING – No one was injured when a car crashed through a wall at CGH Medical Center Wednesday morning, and the driver has been charged with fleeing the scene, according to the Sterling Police Department.

A silver Ford sedan ran into the south wing of the hospital at about 4 a.m., according to a news release from CGH.

Driver Franklin V. Jones, 26, of Sterling, fled on foot but was apprehended 10 minutes later at his home, Sterling Police Deputy Chief Alex Chavira said.

He was charged with no valid driver’s license, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Jones was not tested for drugs or alcohol, and there was “no indication of impairment,” Chavira said.

The accident scene was cleared and the wall boarded up by 8 a.m. Work has already begun on rebuilding the wall. A structural engineer has determined there was no structural damage to the building.

The area the car struck faces the intersection of LeFevre Road and First Avenue and includes the hospital’s community room, the Ryberg Auditorium, which is often used for community meetings, hospital classes, department meetings, and more. The second floor above Ryberg was most recently occupied by the Observation Unit, which had recently been moved, so no patients were in the area at the time.

“We are very lucky that none of our patients, staff members or community members were hurt during this incident,” CGH CEO and President Dr. Paul Steinke said. “This situation could have been so much worse.”

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