Roundabout Monument Smashed Again

Another motorist drove through the monument of the traffic circle on Piney Orchard. This is at least the third such incident in the last two years.

UPDATED: (Thursday, 10:30 a.m.) —Once again, the roundabout monument on Piney Orchard Parkway has been damaged by a driver gone awry. 

Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said the driver of a Mercury Mountaineer struck the monument shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The monument was heavily damaged, with the entire top part of the monument knocked over. Landscaping on the traffic circle was also damaged along with the curb on the north side. Tire tracks were also visible in the mud surrounding the monument. 

A full traffic report on the incident was not yet available, Mulcahy said. 

Piney Orchard Community Association President Jeff Andrade said he was also awaiting the police report, but that repair workers had already examined the damage. 

This incident comes after the curb on the roundabout was damaged in August by a driver who police said may have fallen asleep at the wheel. 

The monument was also heavily damaged in February of 2011 after a young woman drove through it in her car, according to police. 

See also: 

  • Police: Sleepy Driver Smacks Roundabout
  • Photo Gallery: Destruction at the Piney Orchard Roundabout
Mike Brown October 15, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Or set up VASCAR
Steve October 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Under state law speed cameras can only be used in school zones or work zones, so they would not be legal here even if AACO participated. And putting up pylons intended to smash cars would kill people, possibly your friends, neighbors or children. All this to preserve a "monument" that memorializes nothing. This is a piece of landscaping, not something to die or kill for! People drive through circles all over the world every day, if this signage is that important move it out of the way and get over it.
Arlene October 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
drunk drivers kill people. They had to be doing 60 to 70 mph to get airborne to smash that thing. Why should we allow vandalism or give drunks or speed freaks a pass. let them get what they deserve.
Steve October 15, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Yes, they do. As do speeders. And also inexperienced drivers and law abiding drivers faced with ice, rain, pedestrians, cyclists or animals. I don't consider any of this to be deserving of a death penalty. People have been speeding on this stretch of road long before PO was envisioned and will still be doing so long after we're all gone. Only effective enforcement will affect this and it needs to be done everywhere, not just this one road.
Arlene October 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I think the person that suggested a cop with a radar gun posted on that road periodically would be a good solution to stop speeders. Also change the speed limit to slower. Pedestrians cross that road and it would be safer all around. The pylons would not kill anyone. They have them on roads at locations all the time and people do not die. The car would take the impact in any accident. People need to slow up and learn to drive in the circles. Speeding on that road is unacceptable.


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