Driver fleeing accident scene crashes into home in Attleboro
ATTLEBORO, M.A. (WLNE) – A driver fleeing the scene of an accident in Attleboro later crashed into a home about a quarter-mile away, according to police.
Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney said the driver, a 72-year-old woman, was involved in a crash at North Main Street and West Street when she drove off at a high rate of speed.
About a quarter-mile down the road at about 5:25 a.m., police said she crashed into the sign for a dentist’s office, drove over a fire hydrant, crashed through a chainlink fence, and went airborne in a home on West Street.
“The distance where the final resting place of that vehicle was, the car had to be airborne at least 5 or 7….8 feet in the air to land where it did,” the chief said.
Chanthol Tho owns the home that sustained serious damage. He said he and his wife were woken up by the sound of the crash.
“All I hear is a big loud bang and the next thing I know is my house is shaking! We just look over through my bedroom window and see the car on the other side,” said Tho. “It woke us up. My wife is supposed to go to work at 6 o’clock and she set an alarm for 5:30 and the accident happened before that and it woke all of us up.”
The vehicle came to a stop on its roof, and first responders used the jaws of life to get the driver to safety.
The woman was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“She had minor injuries which is shocking compared to the car going airborne and landing inside the home,” Heagney added. “It’s not every day that you wake up to a car inside your home so it must have been really alarming for them but thankfully no one was hurt inside the building.”
She was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash.
Police said emergency repairs need to be done to the home before residents can move back in.