Car crashes into Thunder Bay front lawn

Thunder Bay Police have found the car that almost hit a house Wednesday morning on North Vickers Street.

Police say car involved in another accident Wednesday morning

The resident at this home, Stella Koostachin, says she will need to do some repairs to her front lawn since someone crashed into it with a car. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Thunder Bay Police have found the car that almost hit a house Wednesday morning on North Vickers Street.

A police officer spotted the vehicle, a beige Nissan sedan just after 11 a.m. in Westfort. Police pursued the vehicle, but the chase was abandoned for the sake of public safety. The car was then involved in another accident at the corner of Gore Street and Mountdale Avenue. The vehicle was later found abandoned by the CP Rail line.

Car first hit a house

The first call to police came in just before 11 a.m., when a car drove onto the lawn of a house, and got stuck on the grass.

A postal worker, homeowner Stella Koostachin, another witness and Regina DaSilva speak with Thunder Bay Police after a car nearly hit a home on North Vickers Street. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Resident Stella Koostachin said she heard a revving sound and went to see what was happening.

“Then I see this car right up against the porch steps there,” she said. “I asked them what happened, but they wouldn't answer me. They just worked hard at trying to push their vehicle back onto the road."

Koostachin said the car then took off.

"There were people around [but] nobody really did anything to try to stop them.”

Koostachin said the incident surprised her.

“I didn't know what to do. I was just thinking, ‘Thank goodness it wasn't one of those 18-wheelers’ ... I've always had the fear of that happening ... Thank goodness this one got stopped by the patio steps."

Witness Regina DaSilva said she saw a tan-coloured Nissan Altima "flying down the street" and "heard the brakes lock up.” The skid marks on the street go for nearly 100 metres.

DaSilva, who lives four houses from the end of the street, said the car "was about a foot off from plowing into the [neighbour's] house … this lady was very lucky she was in her bedroom and not in her front room."

There were also at least three people in the car, she said.


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