SACRAMENTO – On January 14, 2014, an elderly woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the New Bridges Presbyterian Church in Hayward. The vehicle accelerated, nearly hitting several people in the church courtyard before smashing through a wooden fence, crashing through the church's double doors then driving through the church vestibule.
Vehicle-into-building crashes, like the one New Bridges Presbyterian Church experienced, have been reported to occur as many as 60 times per day in the United States. According the Storefront Safety Council, between 2013 and 2014, there were over 380 reported incidents in California. Motivated by data and reports of these incidents, Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) sought to propose new legislation to address this serious problem.