Car crashes into couple's bedroom while they sleep

Car crashes into bedroom on Losantiville Ave in Pleasant Ridge

PLEASANT RIDGE, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police say a man was driving 100 miles per hour when he lost control and crashed into Pleasant Ridge a home on Friday morning.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. on Losantiville Avenue near Cedarbrook Drive.

Police say Chad Young, 33, was operating a Lincoln LS eastbound on Losantiville when he lost control and drove off the left side of the roadway, went airborne and crashed into the wall of a bedroom.

The couple inside the home, Thomas Smith, 78, and Gertrude Smith, 76, were asleep when the crash happened. They suffered minor injuries.

Gertrude Smith says she heard the car coming just before the crash. "Screeching tires and then it was like an explosion hit the house."

Thomas Smith says they've heard crashes before along Losantiville Avenue, but never so close to home. "Everything fell in on us on our bed. The window come in and hit the headboard and then on us. I finally got the headboard lifted up enough that we could crawl out."

Next door neighbor Dean Mogul says he heard the whole thing. "Heard the impact and then a half second later heard another impact. I looked out my bedroom window and saw I didn't have any front steps anymore nor did I have my dogwood any more."

Mogul says he was more concerned about the Smiths. "At that moment I knew the car was probably in my neighbor's house so I ran out of the house, came over and started screaming in my neighbor's window to see if they were OK."

Gerti Smith says the neighbor's responded wonderfully. "People were outside calling our names, seeing if we were OK. Very, very, very good neighbors and the police were there within minutes and we're OK."

Thomas Smith suffered a cut to the forehead, but he seems to be taking it all in stride. "I don't know, I come out with it and that's all I can tell you. The headboard had a mirror in it, a piece of glass or something."

Young had to be extricated from his car. He was taken to University Hospital and is in stable condition.

Police say speed and alcohol appear to be factors. No charges have been filed yet.

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