Driver arrested after crashing van into home


by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on February 4, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 8:20 PM

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PHOENIX -- The driver of a work van crashed into a home early Tuesday morning on 14th Street near Northern Avenue.

Police said the driver, 44-year-old Samuel Perez, was impaired.

The van ended up in the living room of the home.

A woman and her two teenage children were on the other side of the home at the time of the crash. They were not hurt.

"My mom heard an explosion and thought it was a pipe exploding, but then when I saw the van, we called 911," said Michael Gutierrez who was sleeping at the time of the crash.

The driver of the van was headed south on 14th Street when he hit a curb, swerved, went through a fence, between two trees and hit the house.

"My room is on the other side, so it's directly across and the wall blocked it from coming totally through the house, said Gutierrez."

Perez seemed distraught at the scene. He was crying and repeatedly screaming, "I don't want to kill anyone." He also lay down on the ground a few times while talking to police.

"Physically we're okay, no one is hurt, we're mentally damaged," said Gutierrez.

The van belongs to a company called Stonehenge Designs.