Car slams into Concord family's home

May 14, 2009 12:58:21 PM PDT
A car missed a stop sign and slammed into a Concord home. The family of four is very thankful that they all escaped unharmed.

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The house and the car in the garage are a mess. The Nissan Altima in the garage was left to pieces, and the house may have damages estimated into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A speeding SUV slammed into the garage of the home of Vikas Mishra and his family.

"I thought it was an earthquake, my wife looked out and I said let's go back to sleep. We looked outside and saw cop cars all around us," said Mishra.

At about 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, a Ford Expedition, chased by Concord Police came flying down Clayton Road.

According to police, it appears it was going at least 50 miles per hour when it smashed into the Nissan Altima parked in the drive way. It rammed it right through the garage door through an interior wall and into the bathroom and living room.

The SUV also sideswiped the family's minivan, causing a gas leak. The couple's 8-year-old twins were also sleeping upstairs.

"They woke up too," said homeowner Archana Shukla.

"Were you scared," asked ABC7's Terry McSweeney.

"Kind of. The kids were scared, yeah. They didn't know what happened," said Shukla.

Just last month, a similar high speed chase down the very same street turned out to be a precursor of this one.

A friend of the family saw five cop cars chasing a Cadillac.

"We were concerned the car might crash into the driveway and it's ironic that it happened at 4:30 a.m.," said family friend Jay Singh.

While no one was injured inside the house, the driver of the Expedition was taken to a hospital for minor injuries. Police say 27-year-old Saul Munoz of Concord also has new legal troubles.

"He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended driver's license. For both of those misdemeanors he was cited and releases at the hospital," said Concord Police Lt. Jim Lardieri.

There was a lot of destruction, but no injuries to those inside the house. That is something the family is very thankful for.

"That's a god's blessing, if somebody were sleeping downstairs who knows what would have happened," said Mishra.

Mishra said the Altima in the garage has liability insurance only, so if he is going to get that car replaced it is going to be on the insurance of the SUV driver that smashed into the house.

Mishra is trying to find out if the driver has insurance.

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