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Family argument leads to car crashing into Kearns house

KEARNS — An apparent family argument resulted in a car crashing into a home, barely missing one of the occupants who just minutes earlier had gotten out of bed and went into another room.

A 43-year-old woman was driving in Kearns with her 20-year-old daughter about 11:20 p.m. Thursday when the two began arguing, said Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke. Investigators believe the mother was speeding while arguing and failed to negotiate a turn.

She hit a parked car, then crashed into a house at 5360 W. Highwood Road, causing significant damage to the structure, Lohrke said.

James Minnick, 19, said his mother and sister were in the car and “are doing fine despite having a fractured leg and arm."

“My mom let her anger get the best of her. She was going like 80 miles (per hour) and tried to slow down," Minnick said, "and when she did, she didn’t realize the corner (was right there) and she pulled the wheel, and that’s when the car rolled.”

Lohrke said both mother and daughter had to be extricated from the car. They were taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Inside the house, the person who moments earlier was in the bedroom that the car slammed into was unharmed, Lohrke said.

As of Friday morning, no arrests had been made. Detectives were looking at whether alcohol was a factor. A building inspector was expected to check the house Friday to determine if it was still safe to be occupied.

Contributing: Caitlin Burchill