Child lucky to be alive after alleged drunk driver rams car into home

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- A little girl is lucky to be alive after an alleged drunk driver backed his car into her bedroom at a Phoenix apartment, hitting a gas main in the process.

It happened about 4:30 a.m. Thursday on 26th Place north of McDowell Road in Phoenix.

According to police the driver backed his car all the way across the parking lot, through an area with dirt and some trees and into a neighboring complex. He covered about 40 to 50 feet before his car plowed into a little girl's bedroom.

Anna Vasquez, 8, her two siblings, 1 and 6, and her parents were asleep at the time.

Brenda Vasquez said she and her husband panicked when they realized the car was in their daughter's room. Luckily, Anna had moved to brother's room across the hall some time during the night, something she often does when she has bad dreams.

"At first, I didn't know what was happening. I just heard a loud noise," Vasquez said. "The car hit the bed. Thank God she wasn't in that bedroom."

The bed was buried beneath beams, cinder blocks and debris.

While the Vasquez family is relieved that nobody was injured, they are trying to figure out what to do next because they do not have insurance.

It's not clear how fast the apparently out-of-control car was going when it slammed through the wall and into the girl's room.

The car hit a gas line setting off a leak so the entire complex -- about 30 people -- had to be evacuated for a time. All of the residents were allowed back into their apartments as soon as the gas was shut off.

The driver, who was not injured, initially left the scene, but police took him into custody a short time later. Investigators believe the man was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. They have not released any information about the driver, but said he will be facing charges in connection with Thursday morning's incident.