Driver crashes car onto house's roof in St. Louis

A car was going so fast it launched off an angled yard and landed on that house's roof in St. Louis on Saturday, July 15, 2017 (photo courtesy KSDK)
Rachel Menitoff
Ashley Cole

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Firefighters received an unusual call on Sunday afternoon - they found a vehicle on top of a home's roof.

Officials say the driver of the SUV drove onto the lawn of Bruce Redding, just before launching himself on the top of the home.

He is currently in critical condition.

"He had to be traveling pretty fast to launch himself up there," Deputy Chief of Special Operations Michael Arras told NBC station KSDK.

"I was shaking,” explained Bruce Redding, who has lived in the home for 25 years. Before that, his mom lived there.

Thankfully, Redding was nowhere near the scene of the crash. He was at the gym when he got a call from his neighbor.

"So, my initial thought was to find out if he was in the house," said Terrell Jones, who lives directly to the left of Redding.

Jones called Redding to ensure he was OK, then told him to hurry home.

Redding said his house means everything to him. He had just finished paying it off. Redding and his neighbors said it's not uncommon for drivers to ignore the stop signs. As a matter of fact, this wasn’t the first time a car has come crashing through their yards.

"I had a car smash, turn my railing off,” Jones said. “I had another car smash into the side of the house, park right in between our houses."

Redding seconded that.

"Everybody up and down here has had their yards redone," he said, adding that many of the parked cars on the street are frequently hit by speeding cars. "Something that you work for, something that you put a lot of work into, it can be gone in a second."

Neighbors along Lillian said, despite their frustration, they’re thankful that no one was inside the house during the crash.

“It's a blessing because God said it's not your time,” Jones said.

“I'll just gather my thoughts," Redding said. "I'll talk to my insurance people and we'll just take it one step at a time."

Neighbors explained that if you stood at the intersection of Lillian and Mimika, it wouldn’t be long before you would see cars flying by. That’s exactly what happened Sunday afternoon.

They are hopeful that the city takes notice of this predicament. They said the solution is either to add speed bumps to slow the flow of traffic or see the intersection at Lillian and Mimika become a one-way street, to stop these crashes from happening in the first place.

The incident is under investigation.

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