Driver plows through La Jolla house: Homeowner estimates damage at $100K

SAN DIEGO - A woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after crashing her car into a La Jolla home on Wednesday.

The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. in the 6700 block of Avenida Manana, near Nautilus Street.

"Really loud, really loud … just a huge booming sound," said neighbor Nasser Pirateh, who came running out of his house when he heard a car slam through the garage of a La Jolla home just a few doors down from where he lives.

Pirateh said the woman driving appeared to be at least 80 years old.

"I found the lady sitting in the car and she's disoriented and had damage on her forehead," he said. "I asked her if she was OK and she couldn't respond and I grabbed her left arm and said, 'You have to get out of here. Let's go.'"

Pirateh says she was confused but not badly injured. Soon after, she was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Homeowner James O'Neill told 10News, "I feel sad for the lady who ran into us, so I hope she's OK and other than that, I'm just relieved that nobody else was hurt. Stuff is replaceable, lives aren't."

O'Neill and his wife were not home at the time of the crash. They arrived, though, just minutes after.

He estimates the damage at around $100,000.

It is a mess that will no doubt take days to clean up, and the car that slammed into the home will not be going anywhere until the home's roof can be shored up to avoid collapse.

"You can't come back in until the city signs off on structural integrity and the gas and the electricity," said O'Neill.

He says it could be weeks.

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