Two vehicles struck each other at about 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Iris and Fourth Avenues, sending one of the cars off the side of the road and down a small hill, where it crash landed in the bedroom of a vacant house.
No one was injured in the crash, which is still being investigated. Police said that alcohol, drugs and speed were not believed to factor in the crash.
Deanne Snyder, 18, one of the house’s neighbors awoke when she heard the crash.
“I woke up with a screech and a boom,” she said. “I came out, looked to the left and there’s a car in the house. I didn’t know what to do. To wake up to something like that is pretty intense.”
Snyder apparently ran to call the police and check to see if anyone needed help. The doors of the house were locked however, and the house appeared to be vacated. The home owner is apparently in probate.
Kathy Lowe, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, said the crash occurred in the intersection when a white Honda Element and a Mercedes sedan collided. The intersection has four stop signs. After the initial impact, the Mercedes went over a small wall, down an embankment and hit the back bedroom of the home at 700 Iris Avenue.
The driver of the Mercedes was not injured in the crash and was able to walk away from the scene.
Pam MacPherson, another neighbor, said she heard the accident, but did not see it occur.
“At first I heard one crash,” she said. “And then it just continued. There was another huge crash. At first I didn’t know where it was coming from.”
No citations have been issued in the crash, but the investigation will take several days, according to Lowe.
The streets were blocked for a few hours while police and fire crews investigated the scene and removed the Mercedes.
City inspectors were called to investigate the house. Crews also worked to board up the home, which sustained damage worth about $10,000.
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