An alleged drunk driver knocked down and flattened a special steel sign that recently went up in the Near South Neighborhood in Lincoln. The sign welcomes people as they head into the neighborhood.
The accident happened at South and 27th Streets early Sunday morning.
The sign, which went up just a few weeks ago, was the result of countless hours and effort by the Near South Neighborhood Association, various city entities, local artists and volunteers, according to one of NSNA's members, Avery Klein.
When he saw what happened, Klein told 1011 News he was, "shocked, honestly."
And for good reason, it took years to beautify the northwest corner of 27th and South, where the sign also was put up, before being smashed down.
It's not clear when or if another sign will go up. Damage was estimated at more than $5,000.
According to police, the driver of the car who plowed into the sign faces several charges, including drunk driving.
No injuries were reported.