Occupants wonder what's next after truck hits home
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Glendale resident Cynthia Martinez stood outside the chain link fence that surrounded her home, assessing the damage.
"My whole personal life has been destroyed," Cynthia said as she surveyed the wreckage.
On Monday morning, a man driving a pickup truck down 59th Avenue was allegedly distracted as he reached for his cellphone. In that moment of inattention, police say, the truck crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic, jumped the curb, ran over a fence and plowed deep into the home where Cynthia and her family have lived in for 26 years. The wreck caused extensive damage and narrowly missed Cynthia's 38-year-old daughter.
"My daughter. Thank God; she could have been killed," says Martinez.
Fortunately her daughter escaped with only scrapes and cuts and a badly sprained ankle. But the family's home suffered what may be irreparable damage.
"Lives can never be replaced," said Martinez. "Material things can, but my home was my safe spot."
The male driver of the pickup truck was slightly injured. He was cited by Glendale police for driving on the wrong side of the road and driving with a suspended license.
Meanwhile Cynthia, her daughter and the daughter's fiance are forced to stay with a relative as Glendale city inspectors try to determine if the home will have to be torn down.
"I hope he's okay," Cynthia said of the driver. "I don't wish him bad, but he needs to pay for what he's done."