Classic truck stops vehicle from plowing into Lemon Grove home

Posted at 6:27 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 11:37:06-04

LEMON GROVE, Calif. (KGTV) - A woman escaped serious injury thanks to a parked truck that stopped an out-of-control SUV from driving completely through a Lemon Grove home.

The crash happened early Wednesday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Palm Street near Crestline Drive, according to authorities.

Authorities say the driver of a speeding SUV lost control of the vehicle and struck at least two parked cars on Palm Street at Myra Street, before slamming into a 1959 classic truck parked in the driveway of a home.

The truck prevented the SUV from going completely into the house, stopping it a few feet from where a woman was sitting inside.

Don Wilder, who said he has owned the truck since he was 16 years old, told 10News, "It's kind of irreplaceable to me, but at the same time, if there was no vehicle there, if that big truck wasn't parked there, that car would be in my living room and there could be much bigger consequences."

Authorities are searching for three people from the SUV -- possibly teenagers -- who fled the scene following the crash. One person was detained for questioning.

Authorities at the scene told 10News they ran the SUV's license plate number to try to track down the driver, but the home it came back to is vacant and under construction.

The registered owner has a previous DUI on his record, but it's still unclear if that's who was driving the SUV.

Last month, two similar crashes occurred on Palm Street, prompting residents to ask city leaders to improve the safety of area roadways.

City officials said they are studying the streets to determine where extra safety measures need to be placed.

Neighbor Khara Rounkles said, "Nothing's changed since the accidents up the road."

Her sister, September, added, "They come way too fast, I always scream at them."