A Ferndale High School (FHS) student offered to move a friend’s car in the school parking lot yesterday during the second lunch period. The end result of the attempted good deed was 4 cars with minor damage. Occurring during a lunch period, there were lots of witnesses.
FHS Principal Jeff Gardner said in an email, “He (the driver) bumped into the first vehicle and then sort of panicked and the result was a domino effect.” The 3 vehicles struck were parked and unoccupied. No one was injured.
The driver had a learner’s permit and the minor damages ranged from a scratch to a dented rear quarter panel according to Gardner.
Gardner said Ferndale Police were notified as a matter of protocol. Ferndale Police Lieutenant Bill Hatchett said police involvement was minimal since nothing criminal occurred, the collisions occurred on private property and the damage was less than the mandatory collision-reporting minimum ($1000). Information for all involved parties was exchanged.
Gardner said, “There will be school discipline but our main focus for the moment is working with all the families and students making sure restitution is taken care of to the best of our abilities.”