Vehicle crashes into building in East Westwood

Posted at 5:16 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 00:11:29-05

CINCINNATI -- Two people narrowly escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when an SUV crashed through the wall of an apartment building in East Westwood.

The driver, in his 70s, started to pull out of his driveway on McHenry Avenue near Westwood Northern Boulevard at about 5 p.m. But instead of going left or right, he went straight ahead, crashing through a brick wall and sending the SUV into Jonathan James' ground-floor apartment.

"We were just coming in from the store, and we just heard a loud noise, like 'Boom!'" James said. "And, you know, my barber was like, 'Get out the way, get out the way.' I was like, 'What?' And he's like 'Bruh, it's a car right there, a van right there.' And I was like, 'Where?' And he's like, 'In your bedroom.'"

Two trucks working in tandem eventually dislodged the SUV from James' bedroom wall. James and his wife planned to stay at a hotel Wednesday night.

"It don't even seem like this is my bedroom," James said. "You know, me and my wife spent our anniversary here -- it's been nine years, going on 10 years Jan. 3 -- this don't look like no bedroom!"

The building suffered some structural damage, owner Matthew Henderson said; an engineer already looked at it and had plans to shore it up soon.

"That everybody was not injured is just amazing when you look at the damage," Henderson said.