GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
A pickup truck slammed into a house in Glendale, according to police it happened because the driver was looking for his cell phone.
There were no serious injuries, and the house is now boarded up, nobody can enter as it is deemed unsafe.
Glendale Fire says the pickup truck was heading southbound down 59th Avenue when it crossed the northbound lanes, through a fence, and into a house.
Cynthia Martinez lives in the home with her daughter Suzette, her fiancee, and his kids. Suzette was home alone inside when it happened.
"She just heard a big thud, and the next thing you know everything was falling on her," said Cynthia Martinez.
Suzette did not want to go on camera, but she said she was in the back and suddenly felt a wall push in on her. She has a couple of cuts and bruises, and her ankle hurts, but that is it.
"The speed limit is 45, and there are no skid marks, so full speed. For her to survive that is miraculous in and of itself," said Assistant Chief Elio Pompa.
The 41-year-old man driving the truck and a passenger were not hurt seriously. Glendale Fire shored up the walls so the house wouldn't collapse as a tow truck driver extracted the Dodge pickup and hauled it away. Meanwhile, all Cynthia could do was watch.
"All I know is the truck drove through my house, demolished it, and I cannot even go in to get me any clothes or anything," said Martinez.
The investigation continues into the crash; it's another good reason to have a cell phone holder in your car so you can go hands-free.
Now co-workers of the woman who lived in the home are pitching in to help.
If you'd like to help the Martinez family: https://www.gofundme.com/ae58qcwe