EVERETT, Wash. -- Cars keep crashing into a building in Everett, and people in the Silver Lake area says it’s because of reckless drivers.
At the northeast corner of Silver Lake, SR-527 turns left and becomes 19th Ave SE. Drivers heading north on 527 are going into the turn too quickly, and driving off the road, leading to many crashes over the years.
From 2014 to 2017, 18 drivers crashed on that 0.2 mile stretch of road, according to the City of Everett. Four of those drivers drove into the same building on 19th Ave SE.
None of the crashes were serious injury or fatal collisions, according to the city.
The building, which most recently housed the restaurant Lotus Lounge, has a trail of destruction along the side wall that borders 19th Ave.
According to people who live in the area, two different drivers went off the road near that building last weekend, and one struck it. This comes two weeks after another driver hit the building.
The City of Everett is responsible for signage and striping of the road, while WSDOT is responsible for paving it. Everett says they have made several changes over the years, adding a radar feedback sign that tells drivers how fast they’re going, curve warning signs, and rumble strips.
The City told KOMO News they believe the safety measures in place are adequate, and that the high number of crashes are the result of reckless drivers.
KOMO News tried to reach the owner of the building and Lotus Lounge, but couldn’t reach them Tuesday.