HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – Authorities in Hurst responded to a car that crashed into a home early Thursday morning. The incident happened shortly after 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Mid-Cities Boulevard and Martin Drive.
Police stated that a 27-year-old man from North Richland Hills was traveling eastbound along Martin Drive in a 2002 Ford Taurus. After failing to stop at the intersection, the car crossed over three lanes, hit a median, bounced over an additional three lanes, hit a curb, then slammed into a brick privacy wall.
After crashing through the brick wall, the vehicle then traveled through a backyard and into the breakfast nook area of a home in the 2600 block of Bent Ridge Drive. The people inside of the residence were sleeping in another part of the house and not injured during this incident.
The driver of the vehicle, however, was treated at the scene and later transported to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. He is expected to survive, but is now under investigation for driving while intoxicated. His name has not been released.
Russ Kidwell is the owner of the home. He has lived there for 17 years, and said that this is the ninth time that a vehicle has hit that privacy wall on the edge of his property. It is the second time that a car has actually struck his home, and the first time that the vehicle managed to go inside of the house.
“We awakened to a horrible noise, just hearing glass going everywhere,” Kidwell said. “Came in to find the dining room in total disarray. A car in the front end of the dining room, smoke filling the house from the radiator, and fire on the car.”
The city had placed a guardrail near the brick wall long before the crash. Officials will now look into expanding that guardrail to better block off Kidwell’s home.
Meanwhile, emergency crews and Kidwell decided to leave the crashed car embedded into the home due to the substantial amount of structural damage that was done. Safety engineers will need to inspect the residence to determine the best way to remove the car without making the home collapse.
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