80-year-old woman slams car into La Jolla home, destroy chimney

Owner relies on rental for income
Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 02:46:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Investigators are piecing together what caused an 80-year-old woman to black out behind the wheel of a car that drove into a home Monday afternoon.

The white car crashed into a house on the corner of the Torrey Pines Road and East Ivanhoe Avenue just before 2:30 p.m.

A witness waiting at a red light on East Ivanhoe Avenue says he saw the white car blow past him on the right side before smashing through a property fence into the wall of a house. 

The car also took out the traffic lights at the intersection which snarled traffic in the area during rush hour.

“Apparently some people saw her weaving in and out of traffic,” The homeowner, Gretchen Hills said, “she might have a stroke or something.”

The house is nearly a hundred years old according to the owner Gretchen Hills.  She grew up in that house; it’s been in her family for about 50 years.

“My mother died in March,” she said, “and I told her that I would not sell the house and I would keep it. I have three daughters I’m going to keep it for them.”

Hills says she has been renting the house on Airbnb, and she says it’s her only source of income, so she hopes it’s remedied soon.

“I just want it back the way it is,” she said.  But also put the crash into perspective. “I think (the driver) is going to be okay, so that’s the most important thing."