Why do cars keep crashing through this Aiken wall?

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 6:26 PM EST
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - There’s a wall alongside Whiskey Road in Aiken that seems to be attracting cars right into it.

We know this is the second time the wall at Coker Springs Road has been hit in two weeks. It’s happened several times before that, including four times since July.

This time, a car went right through it, leaving a hole in the side of the wall.

The owner of the property has experience with covering this up.

In 2019 when a car went into the wall, an inflatable dragon was put in the gash to help cover it up. Now with this incident, the dragon is back.

This time, it’s a Christmas-themed one.

It’s become a magnet for cars recently, leaving even the property owner feeling unsafe walking outside her home.

“It’s much more than a pedestrian would get nailed here. I never walked that way. I never walked south on Whiskey Road,” she said.

The owner wished to remain anonymous. She was surprised when this latest incident happened. The incident report says the car went through the wall at 6:20 in the morning.

This isn’t the only one recently. Another collision with the wall happened two weeks ago, and two others since July of 2021, according to reports.

Happening so many times is leaving neighbors stunned.

Jan Radder said: “Oh no, not again.”

The wall has had some punches recently, but Aiken County Council Vice Chairman Andrew Siders knows the historic value of the wall.

“This was built in 1928, and it stood ever since then, and just here recently, there has been a concerted effort to wipe it out for some reason,” he said.

Addressing the dragon in the room…

The owner says the decision to put out a blow-up dragon to cover up the gap has mixed reviews-.

“We need something guarding that opening. So how about a dragon? Okay, great. But the dragon, you wouldn’t believe the range of reaction like, oh, that’s tasteless. Like, are you kidding me? This is a horrible situation,” she said.

But others see the fun in it.

Radder said: “You have to make light out of a situation, otherwise you’ll drive yourself crazy.”

Fun aside, they know this is still a dangerous area.

“I’m not surprised that the wall has been hit so many times that it has. I’m just surprised that no one has been killed as a result,” said Radder.

The property owner says she might be waiting to fix this gap in the wall up until she feels confident the state will put in a plan she feels protects the wall and walkers. Until then, the dragon will be standing guard.

Siders says he is willing to start making some sort of resolution and is willing to help out the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

“This has happened almost five times in the last two years, so it’s gotten to the point where it’s kind of ridiculous,” said Andrew Siders, an Aiken County Council member.

“I feel bad for the homeowners. It’s gotten to the point where it’s ridiculous,” he said.

We’re trying to figure out why this keeps happening.

We’ve reached out to the South Carolina Department of Transportation for answers.

But we do know that in this latest crash, the driver claims he was traveling south on Whiskey Road at 6:20 a.m. Monday and heard a pop or a thump in road and his steering wheel locked up. The vehicle left the roadway and hit the wall, according to the traffic incident report.

An inflatable dragon is back to fill the gap in a wall along Whiskey Road in Aiken that keeps...
An inflatable dragon is back to fill the gap in a wall along Whiskey Road in Aiken that keeps getting hit by cars.(WRDW)