Hit & Run Crash Damages B.B. King’s Blues Club
(Memphis) At the Memphis nightclub named after the king of the blues, the thrill definitely was not gone early Thursday morning on historic Beale Street.
The excitement was because a driver crashed his car into B.B. King’s on Beale near Second Street and then kept going.
Amos McLeod was a customer visiting the nightclub from Boston, “Well, I’m glad they didn’t hurt anybody, first of all, and I’m glad the building is still here.”
By mid-morning construction crews came here not for the music or food, but to make repairs to the building.
The hit-and-run driver caused some structural damage and briefly knocked out electricity at the nightclub.
Police say they’re searching for a possibly red-colored Pontiac with heavy front-end damage.
The car is believed to have a Mississippi tag.
Witnesses say the car was last seen heading southbound on Second Street. So far, there is no description of the suspect.
Beale Street Merchants Association President Ty Agee said if Beale Street could talk it would also say this isn’t the first time an accident like this has happened here, “I think it happened the first time 20 years ago when they were building B.B.’s. The first date somebody had run into the corner and then it happened last night. That’s basically what I know about it.”
B.B. King’s was able to open for business Thursday and folks down on Beale say their blues is still alive and well, but just with a few nicks and scratches on it.
Agee said, “The blues continues to live on Alex and we look forward to a good night tonight.”