An elderly motorist plowed into the Charlottesville Department of Motor Vehicles office Monday morning, injuring a person inside and leaving a gaping hole in the side of the building that forced the DMV to close for the remainder of the day.
The 82-year-old man behind the wheel has been charged with reckless driving, according to the police.
The DMV, the only one in the immediate area, will reopen for business as scheduled Tuesday after it was determined the building was structurally sound and the damage could be repaired.
Albemarle County Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Abbey Road DMV on Pantops around 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Upon arrival, they reported they found a sport utility vehicle had driven into the DMV’s side.
An individual who was inside the DMV at the time of the collision suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene by Albemarle County Fire Rescue.
The cause of the crash is still being determined, Albemarle police spokeswoman Logan Bogert told The Daily Progress later in the day.
Details remain scant.
Bogert could not say whether the elderly driver was arriving or departing when they crashed into the building or what condition the driver was in when the rescue crew arrived on the scene.
The DMV was closed for the rest of the day Monday, and motorists were advised to travel upwards of 30 minutes to the nearest office in Palmyra. The Charlottesville-area DMV is set to reopen Tuesday at the normal time of 8 a.m.
While a vehicle crashing into the side of a building is not common, it’s certainly not unheard of in the Charlottesville area.
Last winter alone, vehicles crashed into a urology clinic on Pantops, a packing supply store on Ivy Road, a hotel off U.S. 29 and a pair of columns at Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Bogert said the latest incident is a reminder to drivers to remain focused while on the road — and in parking lots.
"Make sure to be aware of surroundings at all times," Bogert said. "Be vigilant on the roads, and especially in the winter, make sure your car is in working condition."