Car slams into Somerton home - Philadelphia News

July 31, 2008 8:42:46 PM PDT
A car slammed into a house in the Somerton section of the city Thursday evening. The homeowners were inside at the time of the accident, but fortunately were not hurt. A repair crew spent half the night boarding up the home. Police say that a young man apparently suffered a seizure before losing control of his car, which crashed into the home where a man and his wife were sleeping.

Police and neighbors say it was just after 6pm when the driver of a small Pontiac lost control of the vehicle in the 800 block of Tomlinson Road. The car then careened into the house.

Neighbors then watched in utter amazement as the homeowner, 50-year-old Phillip Matthew, made his way out through a cloud of dust and debris.

Phillip Matthew tells us, "It was sleeping time, I was unconscious, you know?" Matthew said he was sleeping in his living room when the car busted through the wall.

As some helped the homeowner, who suffered cuts and bruises, and his wife to make sure they were all right, others turned their attention to the 21-year-old driver of the car.

From the looks of the path of destruction, one can see that it was amazing no one was killed.

The 21-year-old driver is at Frankford Torresdale. His injuries are said not to be life-threatening. Meanwhile, L&I has determined the home unsafe for the Matthews to stay in.

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