No charges after car ran off road into local strawberry field

A car that had run off Princess Anne Road overnight is seen in the morning at Vaughan Farm’s Produce’s strawberry field on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. [Vaughan Farm’s Produce/Courtesy]

BACK BAY — Police said there were no charges related to an incident in which a driver ran off Princess Anne Road, somehow crossed a wide drainage ditch, struck a structure on one farmer’s land and then ended up several rows deep in another farmer’s strawberry field.

Miraculously, there were no injuries in the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Farmer Robbie Vaughan said the vehicle was removed from the field and the rows repaired as much as possible. About 150 plants were damaged.

The day after the accident, Vaughan Farm’s Produce posted a photo of the car in its field, noting: “We know everyone is excited about picking berries this season. Just please remember to park in the designated parking area.”

However, Vaughan in an interview also noted the seriousness of the situation, and he said he was surprised no citation were issued. 

“If this had happened during the daytime, and we’d had pickers, someone most likely would have been hit or maybe killed,” Vaughan said.

“Thank God it happened at night, and thank God it didn’t happen during picking season when people were in the field,” said farmer Tom Baker, whose stand along Princess Anne Road suffered minor damage.

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