March 28, 2013
Man Loses Control Of Car, Ends Up On Neighbors Roof
60-year-old Robert Wynn and his wife Galina from Glendale, California, decided to go out for dinner on a Saturday evening in their black Cadillac. While driving down their steep driveway, apparently the brakes failed and the man lost control of the vehicle. The car sped into the neighbor’s yard, left the ground and landed on the roof of a house that sat below the yard. The vehicle front rested on the house roof while the rear of the car sat on a retaining wall.
The video can be seen here.
An 80-year-old man who was inside the house was startled as the vehicle landed on the roof. Neither the driver, nor his wife, or the man inside were injured. One neighbor brought a ladder and others hurried to assist in getting the couple from their vehicle and to the safety of the ground. There was minimal damage to the roof of the house. The Cadillac was removed by a crane used by the local fire department and towed away to be checked for mechanical failure.
Galina told KABC a CNN affiliate that the car would not stop, “as soon as we hit the corner, the airbags deployed and I didn’t even see where we were going from there because the view was obscured.”
“I was so scared and because it was very bad,” Galina Wynn said. After she realized the car had stopped, she opened the door and saw the roof under the car. She also said, “my neck is pulled and my back is hurting, but I don’t think I broke anything and I consider both myself and my husband very, very lucky.”
Paul Harrison, a neighbor down the street said, “It was just smash, crash, boom. And my neighbor, Brad Nelson, who was walking his dog says, ‘Paul, come quick, I think there’s been an accident.’” Paul is the one who grabbed the ladder to help the Wynn’s down off the house roof.
“You know I’ve seen other similar collisions,” Glendale police Lt. Scott Bickle told CNN affiliate KTLA. “We have a lot of hillsides here in Glendale. But this was very unique that it landed the way it did and didn’t go through the roof of the home and cause some injuries.”
According to Sean Riley, a Glendale police sergeant, this was the second time that Robert Wynn has crashed his vehicle into a neighbor’s house while driving down his driveway. Robert will need a reevaluation of his driving skills to determine if he will be able to keep his license.
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