Mother, daughter safely escape after car slams into house

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A car slamming into a house early Tuesday morning was a startling wake-up for two women.

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Just before 4 a.m., Lisa Jones-St. Clair and her daughter Angelina Jones were asleep upstairs in their home at 617 East Creighton Avenue when a loud noise awoke them.

A car crashed through the exterior wall of their home and destroyed everything in its path. The car went through the living room and into the kitchen. It even picked a fire hydrant clean from its spot near the curb. The damage caused by the accident caused the home to be condemned.

Officers said the hydrant came to a rest near the refrigerator. A fireplace was also moved from its spot and thrown across the room.

“We woke up and it was just this loud nose,” Angelina Jones told NewsChannel 15. “I can’t even explain it.”

Angelina Jones (left) and her mother, Lisa Jones-St. Clair watch as a tow-truck driver pulls a vehicle out of their house Tuesday morning. Neither were injured as they slept upstairs when the crash occurred.
Angelina Jones (left) and her mother, Lisa Jones-St. Clair watch as a tow-truck driver pulls a vehicle out of their house Tuesday morning. Neither were injured as they slept upstairs when the crash occurred.

Police said the driver was likely heading west on Creighton Avenue when she failed to negotiate a jog in the road at Hanna Street. The car went over the curb and up a slight embankment before becoming airborne and slamming into the home.

“I didn’t think anybody could make it up that hill, let alone get a whole car into the house,” Jones-St. Clair said.

Officers said when they arrived the driver was nowhere to be found. A short time later fire personnel and medics responded to a woman suffering from injuries near Creighton and Lafayette Street.

The damage the car caused Tuesday morning caused the home to be condemned.
The damage the car caused Tuesday morning caused the home to be condemned.

Police picked up the woman and brought her back to the scene where medics treated her for minor injuries.

Angelina and her mother have lived in the home for about 15 years and said they’ve never seen anything like it.

“We didn’t know if it was an earthquake,” Angelina Jones said. “It was so loud and so disturbing we both just woke up just kind of screaming for each other trying to figure out where each other was at.”

Jones-St. Clair said sometimes they sleep downstairs on the couch.

Investigators believe the woman near Lafayette Street is the driver of the car that crashed into the house. Police have not released her name.

A 2x4 sticks through the center of a steering wheel in a car that crashed into a house on E. Creighton Avenue Tuesday morning.
A 2×4 sticks through the center of a steering wheel in a car that crashed into a house on E. Creighton Avenue Tuesday morning.

Officers could be seen removing what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol inside the vehicle.

After the vehicle was out of the house a 2×4 could be seen sticking through the center of the steering wheel and stopping about where the driver’s head would be located.

Investigators have not said if alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

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