Talk about a rude awakening. A preteen girl was sleeping in the Chinatown apartment, where she lives with her family, on Wednesday morning when a car crashed through her bedroom wall and struck her.
Authorities received reports of the accident at about 6:30 a.m. and were called to the 700 block of N. Bunker Hill Avenue, just north of the intersection with Cesar Chavez Avenue in downtown Chinatown.
According to witnesses, the male driver was on his way to work when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle and swerved off the road, over the curb and into the wall of the preteen’s bedroom.
The girl was sleeping in her bed, which was placed against the same wall that was destroyed by the man’s vehicle. She suffered minor injuries to her leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The man remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, although he said he was not sure how the accident occurred. Witnesses speculated that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The accident remains under investigation. Authorities do not suspect that alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.
This is just another in a series of recent car crashes that have not only injured people, but have left families without homes.
In April, an 82-year-old driver missed the brake and hit the accelerator in Reseda. She ended up speeding through the parking lot of a local dental office, hitting a pedestrian and crashing through the front of the building.
She pinned two of the employees to the wall with the front of the car and caught the pedestrian beneath her vehicle. Six people were injured in total with injuries ranging from severe head trauma to broken bones. Authorities speculated that the woman’s age was a contributing factor in the crash.
A similar crash in March injured a woman and damaged a shop owner’s business as well as several expensive, imported cars. In this collision, a driver crashed through the front of a rare car shop and destroyed several Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
The driver ran from the scene of the accident, leaving the 33-year-old pedestrian that he had hit bleeding from the head with a broken leg.
When cars crash into buildings, it can severely injure not only the occupants of the vehicle, but it can also possibly cause harm to the people inside the building and on the sidewalk. For this reason, it is important to drive carefully through crowded parking lots and on side streets that are close to buildings.
If you are the victim of a car crashing into a building and your hospital bills are mounting up, then you should call Los Angeles car accident lawyer, Paul E. Lee. Our office has more than 20 years’ experience helping the victims of devastating car accidents to win the compensation that they deserve. We will fight the insurance companies and the negligent parties on your behalf. Our car accident lawyer understands the difficulties that you face following your accident and can help you cope with the pain, loss and suffering that you may feel. We have locations throughout California in cities like Los Angeles, Orange County, Bakersfield, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and San Jose.