Westminster Grove Sign Repaired After Car Causes Significant Damage

The Westminster Grove sign after a car hit it on Sept. 6. PHOTO COURTESY OF KODY RENNER.

The Westminster Grove sign after a car hit it on Sept. 6. PHOTO COURTESY OF KODY RENNER.

BY MATT MCCORMACK

STAFF WRITER

Plant Operations made over $2,700 worth of repairs to the Westminster Grove sign located near the townhouses after a car hit the structure last month.


The damage was caused when a 2000 Mazda, driven by 23-year-old Westminster alumnus Ejiroghene Kelechi Ekperigin, smashed into the sign at the corner of 7th Street and Hickman Ave. at 2:40 a.m. on Sept. 6, according to Fulton Police.

“[The driver] wasn’t paying attention and was talking to passengers in the back seat,” Deputy Police Chief H. Roger Rice said. Police said that two passengers were in the vehicle at the time of the collision. No one was hurt, according to police.

Rice said Ekperigin was not suspected of driving while intoxicated and was not charged with anything.

Director of Campus Security Jack Benke said the incident was caught on camera. No damage was done to the sign itself, but to the columns and the light. Benke added that the college is holding the driver responsible for the repairs.

“We are receiving reimbursement from the driver’s insurance company,” said Dan Haslag, the executive director of plant operations. He added that the repairs were 95 percent complete and would be finished in the next few weeks.

Police said that Ekperigin’s vehicle was towed by Tom and Steve’s Towing in Fulton.

Darline Desil contributed to this article.

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