Would you like some fries or a drink with that tree?

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003

A 16-year-old male from Kenai was charged with reckless driving after he drove his pickup truck into a tree and sign adjacent to the McDonald's drive-through window Saturday.

Witnesses reported seeing the truck cross from the Three Bears store parking lot toward the McDonald's drive through. The truck passed through a large puddle, and the driver apparently could not see because of the spray.

"He couldn't see," said Wayman Bright, a Kenai boy who was riding his bike near the parking lot when the accident occurred. "I was like, 'yeah' at first, but I didn't know he was going to hit."

According to Kenai Police Officer Gus Sandahl, the driver of the truck apparently could not see enough through the spray to avoid hitting the drive-through.

"He drove through the puddle, water splashed on the windshield and he plowed through there," he said, pointing to the disabled truck.

The truck ended up high-centered on the broken sign and tree. Bright said the driver, who also had a juvenile passenger, appeared distraught after the accident.

"He was all hitting the steering wheel, then he tried to back off," Bright said. "But he was stuck."

Neither the driver or his passenger were injured, although the accident did destroy the tree and knock down the sign on the right side of the drive through, temporarily disabling the store's electronic menu board.

A store manager said she could not comment on the damage Saturday.

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