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April 25, 2015
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A car crashed into a brick wall and then into a condominium complex in Aurora early Saturday morning, damaging three units.
“It was a loud, crashing noise that almost sounded like an explosion,” said resident Jennifer Halpin.
Police rushed to 14242 E. Radcliffe Place just after 4 p.m. Saturday where a Lexus crashed into one condo unit and then completely went into another unit, damaging three units in all.
“I woke up with debris all over me,” said Halpin.
Halpin said the car narrowly missed her as it broke through her living room wall.
“I was sleeping on my couch in my living room and all I know is a car came crashing in,” said Halpin.
Firefighters extracted the driver from his vehicle and he was rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries. He has been identified as a 28-year-old male from Aurora.
Although people were inside the condos at the time of the crash, no one was hurt. Police and firefighters evacuated the condos while the building was inspected.
Police believe the Lexus was traveling westbound on E. Smoky Hill Road at a very high rate of speed. At E. Tufts Place the vehicle ran off the left side of the road, striking a brick wall and then the condos.
“Went through the first home and the car was sitting in the middle of the second home,” said homeowner Curt Sanders.
“Basically my house is destroyed,” said Halpin.
Neighbors told CBS4 this isn’t the first time something like this has happened here.
“We’ve had a couple of people come through our wall in the last four or five years but nothing like this. It looks like a bomb went off,” said Sanders.
“I feel very lucky, actually. I feel very fortunate not to have been hurt,” said Halpin.
Alcohol and speed are factors being considered in the case.