What's Causing all the Car into Building Crashes in WNY?

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 11:20 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - It's happened at least nine times in the past month, with more cases dating back to mid-summer, and Monday it happened again.

A vehicle crashed into a building.

It happened twice last Friday and just over two weeks ago, two were killed when a vehicle crashed through a window of the Niagara Falls Boulevard Cheeburger-Cheeburger restaurant.

Most of these cases have been with an elderly driver behind the wheel, however one local psychologist thinks there may be more than age and chance as the reason for the alarming number of incidents.

"I certainly don't think it's coincidental," says New York State certified Psychologist Dr. Amy Beth Taublib.

"I think people who do these things have a certain psychological mindset."

Things like age and personality could play a role, Taublib says, and that the subconscious mindset could increase the odds of these types of crashes.

"Wouldn't it be crazy if something like that happened to us," Taublib asks hypothetically.

"Wording it that way you take the responsibility away. Things like this don't happen to us. We cause them happen," she adds.

Taublib add that with elderly drivers especially, distraction coupled with a mentality that their ability to drive has not diminished, could be contributing to the majority of these types of crashes.

She also adds that the more of these accidents there are, the more likely they become.

"There is a very well documented 'copy-cat' phenomenon. And every time something happens, it increases the odds of someone else wanting to do it."