Woman, 26, in critical after car hits Kearns home, causing 12 to relocate

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 27 2011 12:26 p.m. MST

Unified Fire and Unified Police investigate and secure the scene where a vehicle hit a house on the corner of 4800 West and 4715 South in Kearns Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

KEARNS — A car slammed into a Kearns home Tuesday, leaving an open, gaping crack in one of its walls.

Teri Taylor lives near the home at 4801 W. 4715 South and said she'd seen that home, and others in the neighborhood, get hit by motorists before. She said she basically expected something similar to happen again.

"No, it doesn't surprise me," she said, describing the collision as a "great big boom" before explaining her reaction when a neighbor ran over following the crash. "(He) said, 'Did you hear that?' and I said, 'Yeah. It's probably just another accident over there at the corner.'"

Police were called to the home just before 8 a.m., Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said. A 26-year-old woman in a 2006 Toyota Corolla encountered a "medical problem" before leaving the roadway.

Hoyal said the woman drifted off to the right side of the road before entering the property of the home.

"(The driver) actually goes right through two big trees, missed both those trees and impacts the house on the northwest corner of the home," he said.

The driver of the car suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones, and was transported by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. Hoyal said the occupants of the home, including one woman who was sleeping on the other side of the wall where the car hit, were uninjured.

He said it does not appear that alcohol or anything other than the driver's medical issue played a role in the crash.

Mike White, a captain with the Unified Fire Authority, said firefighters went in to do a structural assessment of the home and determined that the home is uninhabitable.

"It did some significant damage," White said of the cinder block home. "It moved one wall off the foundation."

He said 12 people were living in the home at the time of the crash. Red Cross was contacted to relocate the individuals.

Maria Canedo, who owns the home, said two families live there and had additional family in town from Mexico for the holidays. Canedo said she was willing to let them move into her home for the time being.

"The most important (thing) for me is that the people stay in good condition," she said of the accident. "(The accident was) very impressive and very scary."

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