Car crashes into house where girl was sleeping

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A regular morning commute turned into anything but for a 26-year-old woman Wednesday. She lost control of her car and slammed into a home near the intersection of 2700 South and 900 East.

Follow the trail of broken signs and spilled garbage and you end up at the home of Bill and Brenna Clark.

"I was in the bathroom, which is in the far back of the house, and I heard a crash, Brenda said.

Around 7:30 Wednesday morning, a white car slammed into their house and into the window well of their 7-year-old daughter, Maya's, bedroom.

"I heard this big beep and glass was in my hair," Mayla said.

"It hit me, all the sudden, she was down there," Brenna said. "I went running in there, heart pounding; dust, glass in there. I just grab her out of there and pull her upstairs."

Maya wasn't hurt, just shaken, as were her parents. The driver, a 26-year-old woman, wasn't injured either. Investigators checked her for alcohol or drugs and say she tested negative for both. They're still puzzled as to why she traveled so far before hitting the house.

"She said she was reaching for a cup, but I don't know. She must have been speeding pretty fast to go through everything," Bill said.

This isn't the first accident the Clarks have seen towed away. Last year a woman died after hitting a minivan right in front of their house, and they worry the count won't stop at two.

"This is a residential area, but they're also making it a major artery for traffic, and I'm seeing that more and more as Salt Lake grows. I think there needs to be a better plan," Bill said.

The driver was cited for negligent collision, and police say she'll likely have to pay for the damage to the house. Since she hit the concrete foundation and not just the brick, it's going to be a big bill.

Police say they don't believe alcohol, drugs or a cell phone were the cause of this accident. The driver has been cited for negligent collision.


Story compiled with contributions from Sarah Dallof, Shara Park and Mary Richards.


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