For most people, their home is a place of warmth, safety, and relaxation. It’s not the kind of setting one would imagine when it comes to an auto accident. For one Petaluma family, however, it’s not something that happened once, but twice!
The Petaluma Press Democrat reports that the family living in a home on Maria Drive now has to vacate their home after the driver of an SUV drove their vehicle through one garage wall and almost through the other. This is the second time in two weeks the same home that is situated on the corner of Maria Drive and East Washington Street.
According to Petaluma Fire Captain Jude Prokop, the accident happened on the morning of Wednesday, December 4th, at approximately 7:30 a.m. Seven of the eight family members were at home getting ready for school and work when the vehicle hit the house.
Authorities say that the Honda SRV jumped the curb, went over the lawn, and crashed into the structure. The driver was able to get out of her vehicle and did not suffer any injuries in the crash. Thankfully, no one inside the home was hurt.
The first crash happened in early November when a suspect driver was attempting to flee from police. This latest crash has caused enough significant damage to the structural integrity of the home that City building inspectors have tagged it uninhabitable. The family of eight now has to move.
“It’s just before the holidays,” Chief Prokop told reporters. The Red Cross has given the family temporary shelter and assistance. Investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash.