Caught on Camera: Car Backs Into Ramada Harrisonburg Hotel

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- New surveillance footage shows a 54-year-old man backing into a Ramada Harrisonburg hotel, nearly hitting a Columbia Gas employee and a gas line, both inches away.

It all happened sometime after 3 p.m. Thursday. At last check, the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban was in critical condition.

Zubin Ratwani, a manager at the Ramada Hotel was one of the first on the scene trying to help the unconscious man.

"The car was smoking, his foot was on the pedal and it was at full speed and I saw it smoking. I went and knocked on his window, tried to wake him up," said Zubin Ratwani, the Manager of the Ramada Hotel.

"We suspect that he had some type of medical event that was the cause of the accident," said Battalion Chief Jeff Morris with the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

The Columbia Gas employee left the scene shortly after the driver was transported to RMH. She was in tears, in shock that she was inches away from possible death.

The manager of the hotel says the driver of the vehicle was not a hotel guest. The Harrisonburg Police thinks that it will release the identity of the driver Thursday.

The manager of the Ramada said he is more concerned with the well being of the driver than the cosmetic damage to the building.

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