Though it may not have looked like it at the time, damage caused when a woman ran her car into the base of a prominient statue meant it had to be taken down.
The 26-foot tall ‘Unconditional Surrender’ statue was hit around noon yesterday. Late int eh afternoon, an engineer said it had sustained significant fractures jeopardizing its structural integrity. A crane was to lower the statue sometime in the evening — then the car was to be towed off. According to a press release the Sarasota Arts Foundation, insurance company and the owner will determine the process to follow to repair the statue and have it erected again near the bayfront once it’s repaired.The driver, who apparently suffered from a medical problem while behind the wheel, was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital as a precaution.