Friday accident latest in airport valet problems

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:


CHARLOTTE - Two valet workers crashed customers’ cars at the business valet parking deck Friday at Charlotte-Douglas Airport.

Channel 9 tracked down the two cars involved in the crash. The front end of a Toyota was crushed in, and the front of a silver Mustang was ripped off from the power of the collision.

The police report says two valet workers for Park Inc. hit each other head on at the business valet deck Friday, going so fast Medic had to take one worker to the hospital for his injuries.

The report says one employee was driving left of center, made a left turn, and couldn't see the other car heading right for it.

Interim Aviation Director Brent Cagle says he's already had discussions with the company taking over July 1, Ameripark, about preventing accidents, stolen property, and missing cars.
It involves more security cameras, gates that limit access, even radio ID badges for employees.

"The ability to track the chain of custody from the time the employees take the keys to the time employees bring them back to the front desk," says Cagle.

Park Inc. managers say those two drivers are now suspended pending their investigation into the wreck, but any corrective action will come too late for the company that's on its way out at the airport.

Ameri-park, the new company taking over, is based in Atlanta.
They say they will be in Charlotte at least a week before the changeover July 1 to get their new systems and safety measures in place.

TIMELINE: Airport valet issues

May 7, 2014: Airport valet employee accused of driving customers’ cars

Dec. 6, 2013: Another airport valet worker arrested for stealing, police say

Nov. 26, 2013: Charlotte-Douglas valet parking faces allegations of employee misconduct

Nov. 21, 2013: Airport valet service under fire again after another employee arrested

Nov. 18, 2013: Airport could take action against valet parking company

Oct. 30, 2013: Man claims two guns were stolen from car at airport valet

Oct. 4, 2013: Police charge airport valet with stealing cars

Oct. 4, 2013: Aviation director: Any vehicle dropped off with valet can be searched