In the early morning hours of July 23, 2015, a man was in his kitchen making
coffee when he heard a loud bang. As R. Chavez ran out of his kitchen
to investigate the loud noise, he immediately discovered that an SUV had
plowed into his living room.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 13000
block of Elmcroft Avenue in Norwalk at 5:15 a.m. When they arrived at
the scene, they found that a sport utility vehicle had driven straight
into a house.
NBC 4 that he heard a “major pound” and that his first instinct
was that there was an accident outside. When he looked to find out where
the accident was located, he realized that it was in his house, inside
his own living room.
The driver was identified as J. Ortega, 27. Ortega was spending the night
at a friend’s house down the street. Ortega got behind the wheel
of the SUV and slammed through the concrete wall in front of the house,
littering the lawn with debris.
The driver was leaning over the wheel, and according to Chavez, some neighbors
ran over and pulled Ortega out and laid him on the floor.
Ortega was not injured in the crash, but he was still transported to a
hospital for observation. He was later booked into jail on DUI charges.
Even though he caused thousands of dollars of property damage, he did
not face felony charges because no one else was injured,
NBC 4 News reported.
Ortega was charged with misdemeanor
DUI, and his court hearing was scheduled for July 24, 2015.
Chavez said that in the 28 years that he had lived in the house, he never
filed an insurance claim, so this will be the first. After emergency responders
helped remove the debris, Chavez was told that it was safe enough to continue
living in his home, despite the fact that the front of his house was open
Chavez maintained a positive outlook and said that he had support from
his church and the community.
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