Driver smashed Pointe sign, says medication blurred her vision
An Alafaya crash Sunday left a driver with minor cuts and bruises. The Pointe apartment's sign was not as lucky.
Left in a heap of crumbled concrete, the sign outside the UCF-affiliated apartment complex is in much worse condition than the driver, Kirsten Burns.
According to a Florida Traffic Crash report, Burns was driving southbound on Alafaya Trail toward Colonial Drive when she attempted to turn into The Pointe but failed. Instead, she drove up onto the sidewalk and through the apartment's sign.
Burns claimed her hand slipped off the steering wheel and her foot slipped off the brake. Although she said she didn't fully understand what happened to cause the crash, she told Orange County Fire Department responders she had been driving the car normally until it jerked and went off the road.
Burns also reported she currently takes Citalopram, a drug used to treat depression, that she said can cause blurred vision and momentary confusion. However, in the crash report it was indicated that Burns' vision was not obscured.
With only a seat belt abrasion and minor scratches, Burns refused transport to a medical facility. Burns is not suspected of alcohol use, and an alcohol test was not administered.
Caroline Glenn is the News Editor at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @byCarolineGlenn or email her at CarolineG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.