Toronto

Driver plows car into East York house in early morning crash

A driver crashed a car into an East York house early Sunday causing structural damage, Toronto police say.

'I feel kind of — I don't know — violated,' says homeowner, who was asleep when crash occurred

A Toronto police officer looks at damage done by a car that crashed into an East York house early Sunday. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

A driver crashed a car into an East York house early Sunday causing structural damage, Toronto police say.

Both the driver and a passenger fled from the scene. Police said they have located the car owner, a 29-year-old man, and he is currently in hospital suffering from minor injuries.

The crash occurred on Chisholm Avenue at the foot of Lumsden Avenue, near Danforth Avenue and Main Street, at about 4:15 a.m. Nobody in the home was injured.

"When they crashed the car into the house, they abandoned the vehicle and fled," Acting Staff Sgt. Paul Lentsch, spokesperson for Toronto police's traffic services, told CBC Toronto on Sunday. 

Carolyn Cockburn, the homeowner, said she was asleep at the time of the crash and it was a shock.

'Then all of a sudden, it's boom'

"You hear something skidding really quick, and then all of a sudden, it's boom, the impact of it hitting my house. And it takes a minute to sort of get to you," Cockburn said.

"But then the smoke alarm went on, and so, it's 911, and get yourself down. One of my neighbours was at my back door and she helped lead me out."

Her neighbours have been "wonderful," she added.

Carolyn Cockburn, the homeowner, says the car ended up in her dining room and it was a shock. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

Stop signs at the end of Lumsden Avenue are needed because it's a "fast turn," she said. A similar crash, in which a vehicle went through a living room, occurred at the end of street two years ago.

Her neighbours said she should leave the area, at least for few hours, to get some rest. Cockburn said she doesn't know if she can occupy her house at this point. It could take a few months to fix it, she said.

"I don't really feel like leaving. It's my home. I feel kind of — I don't know — violated," she said.

Police reviewing surveillance camera video from scene

According to Lentsch, officers have not yet confirmed whether the car owner was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash and whether his injuries are related to the incident.

"We have located we believe somebody who may have knowledge of what happened and we are presently trying to speak with those people," he said.

No charges have been laid, but possible charges include failure to remain at the scene of a collision and careless driving, he added.

Officers are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera video. Earlier, they said they were waiting for city engineers to perform a safety inspection to ensure the house is safe to occupy.

Toronto police's traffic services continues to investigate.

With files from Muriel Draaisma