WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man who was sleeping just inches from where a car slammed into his apartment early Tuesday morning in Warren recalled the startling ordeal.
“Woke me up as soon as the car hit,” said Jonathan Tyler.
It happened just after midnight near a bend on Tod Avenue.
Tyler fell asleep on his couch watching the new Ant-Man movie when he woke up to a bang.
“It sounded like two vehicles hitting at 100 miles an hour, so it was very loud,” Tyler said.
A car slammed into his Tod Avenue apartment, just inches from where he was.
“When I tried to open the door, the door didn’t open. I heard the guy in the car screaming and that worried me at first,” Tyler said.
Tyler and his cat got out of the apartment safely but the duplex he lives in was severely damaged. A gas line was cut and the electric service meters were ripped from the side of the house. The gas company was called to the scene to assist.
When police officers arrived, both people in the car were trapped. According to a police report, after the passenger was removed from the vehicle, he told police the driver had been drinking before she picked him up. He also told officers they were on their way to a friend’s house when she drove off the road at a high rate of speed and hit the house. Police reported finding an open bottle of Malibu Rum and an open can of vodka inside the vehicle.
Tyler says he’s a little shaken up about what happened but the crash should be an important lesson for other drivers on the road.
“Think about what you’re doing, think about when you get behind the wheel. You’re talking about something you can’t control if you’re not in the right mind… If you lose control of it, you can kill yourself or someone else,” Tyler said.
Both people in the car were taken to the hospital. The 19-year-old driver was taken via medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth Health Center for her injuries. At last check, she was in stable but critical condition. The passenger was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital for injuries to his head and legs.
Hanna Erdmann and Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.