Speeding driver plows into mobile home

A driver speeding down Airline lost control, hit a pole, then crashed into a mobile home.

August 15, 2012 11:25:13 AM PDT
A speeding driver hit a pole then slammed into a mobile home, pinning a woman inside underneath the vehicle until she could be rescued. Witnesses say the driver tried to run from the crash, but was held by bystanders until deputies arrived.

Eyewitness News spoke with several neighbors who say speeding down Airline Drive is a huge problem. They tell us they have seen several vehicles in this area crash into poles as well as homes.

"I saw her mother, she was screaming and crying, 'Help my daughter, help my daughter!' And, of course, there's a big old car in her bedroom," said neighbor Julian Hernandez.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a man was speeding down Airline Drive near W. Gulf Bank around midnight.

"The driver lost control and went off the right side of the roadway and struck a light pole. The vehicle rotated and ended up inside of a trailer house on top of a female who was sleeping in the bedroom," said Deputy D. Wilkie with the Harris Co. Sheriff's Office.

Neighbors came running. They told us they found a woman in her 30s with a car on top of her.

"She says she could breathe and she was OK. But she felt the hotness of the car on her and that was it. But when they took her out, all she really had was like a little scrape on her leg and she kept praying God she was OK," said neighbor Sarai Hernandez.

The woman suffered minor burns from the car's tail pipe. The utility pole was split in half.

As emergency crews tended to the victim and her mother, deputies say the suspect jumped out of the vehicle.

"Next thing I saw the guy was just running off with his bumper and his plate and then next thing you see a whole bunch of group of guys chasing him," said Julian.

Sarai Hernandez said, "When he was running, he was running like ... he didn't know where to go."

Deputies say the man was taken into custody, thanks to the quick thinking of these neighbors.

"It's good because if it was you, wouldn't you like somebody to help you?" said Sarai.

The suspect has been identified as 23-year-old Anthony Franco. He is charged with DWI and failure to stop and render aid.

Deputies say Franco's blood alcohol content was .12. They say he was about a block and a half away from the scene when he was caught.


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