SPFD: Two injured when SUV hits East Main Street house, restaurant
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: September 25, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
A teenage boy received major head injuries when the speeding SUV he was riding in went out of on control on East Main Street early Sunday morning taking out a light standard and a city tree, smashing into a house and then into a vacant restaurant. Others inside the vehicle ran from the scene.
According to Santa Paula Fire Captain John Harber, the incident occurred at approximately 1:16 a.m. and two units of firefighters, “Responded to a call of a single vehicle into a business,” and injured people.
When firefighters arrived on scene they found “two male subjects on the ground with moderate to major injuries. I don’t know if they were ejected,” from the SUV or, “self-extricated.... “
Harber said the vehicle had apparently been traveling at a high rate of speed on East Main Street between 11th and Oak streets, when the unknown driver hit the curb, “cart wheeled” and “struck a light standard and took it out.... “
Harber said the vehicle then hit a house “causing significant damage, bounced off of it into a tree and took it out, then into the front of the restaurant.”
Harber said, “Bystanders reported two to three people fled the scene,” before emergency responders arrived.
The vehicle had “Major damage.... I don’t how anyone walked away from it but they did.”
The two unidentified victims were treated on scene by SPFD EMTs and ambulance paramedics: “I don’t know what their status is now,” but Harber said one 17-year-old had “major head injuries; the other had moderate injuries,” and both - reportedly Santa Paula residents - were transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center.
One the residents of the home struck by the SUV has just gotten up and left the bedroom when the collision occurred.
“He had just gotten out of bed and initially thought it was gas explosion, the impact knocked over the dresser onto the bed.... his wife was still in bed and had an injury to her arm,” but Harber said the couple sought medical treatment on their own.
The couple was displaced after fire personnel had to tag as unsafe for occupancy although Harber said city personnel were scheduled to inspect the home later on Sunday.
“It appears there was minor damage to the restaurant building,” confined to broken front windows.
Santa Paula Police are investigating the accident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Paula Police Department, 525-4474.
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