Car crashes through roof of Santa Fe business

Police said this car left the roadway and traveled up the railroad track embankment, then jumped the railroad tracks, flying about 100 feet through the air and crashing through the roof of a business across the street (Santa Fe Police Department)
December 17, 2011 11:02:06 AM PST
Police in Santa Fe are investigating a crash that must have looked like something out of an action movie.

Officials said a commercial burglary alarm went off at Gulf Coast Aerobic Services in the 13200 block of Texas 6 early Saturday. When officers arrived around 2am, they found a crashed vehicle inside of the business.

Investigators said 20-year-old Royce Morales of Santa Fe was driving north on Avenue R at around 90mph in a 30mph zone when the accident happened.

Morales failed to negotiate a turn, officials said. The vehicle left the roadway and traveled up the railroad track embankment, which caused it to go airborne.

Police said the crash was so dynamic that the vehicle jumped the railroad tracks, flying about 100 feet through the air and crashing through the roof.

The car landed upside-down on its nose in the Gulf Coast Aerobic Services building on the opposite side of the railroad tracks.

Officials said early estimates put the damage at more than $25,000.

According to police, the driver of the car was gone by the time they arrived. Detectives said they gathered evidence from the vehicle that led them to Morales, who attempted to report the car stolen.

Police said Morales confessed to being behind the wheel during the crash. Officials are pursuing charges for reckless driving and filing a false report.


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