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Car no match for McFarland Memorial arch

A car crashed into the newly unveiled Ernest McFarland Memorial on Wesley Bolin Plaza on March 3. (Photo by Erik Ryden, a Memorial architect)

A car crashed into the newly unveiled Ernest McFarland Memorial on Wesley Bolin Plaza on March 3. (Photo by Erik Ryden, a Memorial architect)

That was fast – a car hit the newly unveiled Ernest W. McFarland Memorial on March 3, not even three weeks after the memorial was christened on Statehood Day.

A Subaru lost control and hit the memorial, located on the far east end of Wesley Bolin Plaza on the Capitol grounds, at about 1 p.m., according to a news release.

McFarland’s grandchildren redid the memorial over the past four years to the tune of $400,000 after the original memorial fell into disrepair.

John D. Lewis, one of McFarland’s grandsons, said people are determining what damage was done to the memorial, and he expects repairs will start right away.

The car overturned, but the 24-foot arch, the memorial’s main feature, was not damaged in the crash. One person was injured, but the name and extent of injuries were not immediately available.

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