Speeding driver goes airborne, lands SUV on house roof, officials say

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2017

An SUV caught some air and landed on the roof of a St. Louis home Sunday afternoon. The driver of the vehicle suffered lower body injuries and at last report, was listed in critical condition.

When firefighters got to the scene, they say the driver was trapped under the dashboard of his vehicle.

Bruce Redding, the 66-year-old homeowner, was in complete shock when he got home from the gym, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Redding and his neighbors said it's not uncommon for drivers to ignore the stop signs.

Louis Fire Department's deputy chief of operations, told the Post-Dispatch it was like nothing he had ever encountered as a firefighter. He said the home on Lillian has been in his family for 40 years, and something similar actually happened in the 1980s or 1990s, when his mother lived in the home. I'll talk to my insurance people and we'll just take it one step at a time'.

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Redding said his house means everything to him. An SUV crashed and became embedded into the roof of a house along the 5900 Lillian. "I had another auto smash into the side of the house, park right in between our houses". 'It was determined that it was viable.

"I had a vehicle smash, turn my railing off", Jones said.

Redding, meanwhile, was left with a home that may never be habitable again. His house is insured. He was told the SUV sped down Mimika Avenue to where that street ends in a T-intersection in front of his home.

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