Weekend Crash Impacts Downtown Businesses

A holiday weekend car accident in Charlottesville’s downtown area knocked out power for thousands of Dominion Energy customers, as local businesses were doing their final pre-Christmas sales push.
According to the Charlottesville Police Department, 22-year-old Evan Harrison-Bibb crashed his car into a power pole on the 200 Block of West Market Street Just after midnight on Saturday.
Bibb was transported to the University of Virginia Health System for treatment of injuries and charged with driving under the influence.
A Dominion Energy spokesperson says the crash broke the pole and damaged the transformers, knocking out power to 5,000 customers — most whom had their power restored later on Saturday, but four, including the Common House social club where the accident occurred, were without power until early Sunday morning