Early Thursday morning, a driver crashed into two houses and caused severe damage before taking off on foot.
PHOENIX – Katia Diaz has now had two near-death experiences while sitting in the comfort of her home.
“It’s like Dejaviy kept repeating,” she told 12News Thursday.
Diaz and her seven-year-old niece were watching a movie in the living room of their home near 34th Street and Camelback Street when the two fell asleep. Soon after, a loud noise woke them up.
Around midnight, a car crashes into a wall in the neighborhood, causing severe damage to her and her neighbours’ property.
She said, “All you can hear is a car crashing into my car and it’s like an explosion and when I was protecting it with my body.” “I heard her screaming and shaking and not knowing what was going on.”
The sofa they slept on was pushed from the front of the house into the middle of the living room. The front door is gone and the windows are shattered.
Diaz and her niece were covered in broken glass and the floor was strewn with debris and broken concrete blocks.
Without shoes, Diaz, her niece, rushed to her parents’ room and walked out. There she saw damage everywhere and a truck on its side in the neighbor’s yard.
She called 911 and while she was on the phone with the dispatcher, she started hearing a loud banging noise.
“For a moment I thought someone was under my car or something that might have been towed,” she said before realizing the noise was coming from the overturned car. “When I turned around, that’s when I saw the man get out of the car and flee the scene.”
She told police the driver, who was limping, drove away from the crash site east of Camelback before officers arrived. The officers tried to find the driver but were unable to.
Her neighbor’s house and two cars were also severely damaged.
They did not want to speak on camera but told 12News that they were preparing for Thanksgiving when the accident happened. Due to the damages, the house becomes unsafe to live in and they are forced to look for a place to stay.
The Diaz family was allowed to stay but said they were not sure if they wanted to.
10 years ago, something similar [happened]She said. “I was in the living room too and a car crashed in the same spot.”
At that time, the car only broke the window. The damage was much less than it was this time.
Their once-beautiful living room is unrecognizable. Wood paneling replaced its front wall, door and window. Where once stood a sitting room set, a rug, and a chest full of toys, now sits the wreckage.
After escaping near-death experiences, Diaz says she doesn’t feel safe at home.
“It’s scary but thankful no one was hurt,” she added.
The Diaz family and their neighbor have collected donations to help them rebuild.