Woman sent to hospital after vehicle crashes into 2 houses on Talbot Avenue
Neighbour says buildings shook during impact
A woman is in hospital after police say she smashed a stolen vehicle into one home on Talbot Avenue and came to a stop inside the living room of another home.
The Dodge Caliber drove through Cathy Schweder's yard, hit the exterior wall of her bedroom, destroyed her fence and finally came to a stop inside her neighbour's living room. He wasn't home, so no one in either house was injured.
"He pretty much would have been in his living room, he would have been hurt, honestly," Schweder said Saturday morning.
The Schweders normally go to bed before 9 p.m. — when the crash happened — but on this Friday night they were still making dinner and weren't in the bedroom.
"We're OK," she said. "We were out here, not in there, thank God."
Both houses, on Talbot between Grey Street and Gateway Road, were boarded up Saturday morning.
Schweder said they only got the house in their name a few days ago, and only got insurance two days before this happened. "It's too … crazy, because everything happened so fast," she said. "All this work, all this, and all of a sudden, bang! One minute, it's all gone."
They had to move their bed into the living room and the front door will need some repairs too, but Schweder says she's happy her dresser wasn't ruined.
Schweder says the noise was so loud she slammed down on an imaginary brake pedal and injured her foot.
Todd Hrynchuk lives a few houses down and watched it all unfold from his window.
He said the Caliber "gunned it" to go around another vehicle, hit a wet spot, and then went up on the grass.
"She hit the corner of the one building, bounced off it, and went straight into the other one," he said. "Everyone, their building shook from the impact. It was that strong. It was very loud as well."
He and another neighbour left their homes to see what happened and saw the woman running away.
"With that kind of impact, you want to see what's going on," he said.
He says a male neighbour chased her down the street.
Police, including the K9 unit, tracked the woman to the 500 block of Herbert Avenue, a few blocks away.
Hrynchuk said he saw gas crews out Friday night, indicating a gas line was possibly hit.
Police say the woman hurt in the crash was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
The 26-year-old Winnipeg woman remained in hospital Saturday morning.
Police later determined the Caliber was stolen from the Fort Frances, Ont. area at the end of April. The woman is now facing charges for dangerous driving and possession of property obtained by crime, as well as driving while prohibited.