MURRAY — A woman walked away with minor injuries Thursday after a car crashed through the wall of her house and into her bedroom and partially covered the mattress where she was sleeping.
The spectacular crash happened about 5 a.m. near 500 East and 4500 South. The intersection ends in a T. But rather than turning right or left, a 17-year-old driver went straight, said Murray Police Sgt. Kenny Bass. Alcohol was believed to be a factor, he said.
The car, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the curb, sending it airborne into another vehicle and a carport, Bass said. It bounced off a covered carport at the front of the house and continued for another 60 feet before striking the bedroom, he said. A front tire came to rest on the bed where the woman was sleeping.
"She's extremely lucky. The fact it actually came in contact with her mattress and she wasn't injured, it's actually amazing," Bass said.
The woman, 30, was taken to Intermountain Medical Center as a precaution. The driver and his 20-year-old passenger were also taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.
The woman's 7-year-old son was also home at the time. He was in another room and was not injured, Bass said.
The teenage driver was cited for DUI and released.
The owner of the house, who requested not to be named, said the woman and her son are moving into the empty part of the duplex next door that was up for rent. He received a call at 8 a.m. about the incident and drove by to find the front right side of the house wide open.
Many of the woman's clothes, her son's toys and other possessions have been ruined from the crash and were lying splayed out on the ground amid debris and the remains of the carport.
"She was definitely scared by all this," the owner said. "I could see in her eyes. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet. I bet she's going to wake up tomorrow and have it hit her that so much is gone."
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