Driver crashes into sailor kissing nurse statue in Sarasota

April 26, 2012 

SARASOTA -- A driver has crashed into Sarasota’s Unconditional Surrender statue otherwise known as the "The Kiss" or "The Nurse and the Sailor." The statue is located at the Sarasota Bayfront.

The accident happened Thursday around noon on U.S 41.

Sarasota Police say a woman was traveling northbound on U.S 41, when her vehicle went across the center median and slammed into the 26-foot tall statue.

She was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities at the scene say they cannot move the vehicle until a city engineer comes out to take a look at the structural damage to the statue.

The statue resembles the iconic 1945 photo, V-J Day in Times Square, of an American sailor kissing a young nurse.

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