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Couple wakes to car crash in kitchen

October 8, 2009 12:23:33 AM PDT
A woman lost control of her car, jumped a curb, plowed through a white picket fence, right into the side of a home on Thursday. The couple inside woke up to find a car in their kitchen.The couple was not hurt, but the woman behind the wheel was taken to the hospital.

L.A. County Fire responded to the accident at 24349 S. Lucille Ave. just after 6 a.m.

The crash took out two walls that enclosed renter Bobbi Martinez's kitchen. Her unit was the only damaged in the triplex building.

"It just sounded like things crashing onto the floor," she said. "I thought my cat had knocked everything off the wall. That's what I thought, but I was half asleep, and then my boyfriend ran out there and said, 'There's a car in the kitchen.'"

The L.A. County Fire Department said the driver was heading west on Lomita Boulevard when for an unknown reason, she lost control of the car.

Martinez said the woman behind the wheel had only minor injuries, but the damage to the car was so extensive that firefighters had to extricate the driver from her vehicle.

"The impact basically scrunched the car, jamming the doors closed," said Capt. Mike Mungovan from the L.A. County Fire Department.

The car came within a few feet of the gas meters, but the lines were not damaged.

"It's pretty mind-blowing to look out from inside your kitchen and see outside and a car wedged in between, so it was a little scary," Martinez said.

Martinez said she and her cats need to find a new place to live less than a year after moving in.

"Hopefully the insurance company will help relocate them," said Ron Vandevanter, who owns the property. "The most important thing is that they're safe, and this can all be fixed."

The unit has been red-tagged, but the rest of the building should still be OK.

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