No one was seriously injured in the violent crash, which was reported about 12:20 a.m. in the area of Mission Inn and Comer avenues.
Riverside firefighter-paramedics responded to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to extricate the unidentified solo driver. His injuries were described as minor.
According to police, speed was apparently a factor in the collision but the motorist did not seem to be under the influence. He apparently veered off the street while attempting to negotiate a turn too fast.
It was unclear if he was cited or arrested.
"All of a sudden I heard this big crash," resident John Corbett said. "We were in bed and I came running down to see this. This car was laying on top of my new truck."
None of the homes that were struck sustained significant damage, investigators said.