Car slams into northwest Houston apartments

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:42:19 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2013 12:51:04 PM CST

Jan. 24, 2013: Two apartments are damaged when a car slammed into a complex in northwest Houston. Mary Benton reports.

HOUSTON -

Two apartments were damaged Thursday when a car lost control and slammed into a a northwest Houston complex.

Hernan Bonilla, 15, and his uncle were asleep in their apartment at the Rossyln Heights complex on North Houston Rossyln Road near Alabonson Road Thursday around 3 a.m. when they woke up to a car crashing into their corner bedroom.  It narrowly missed them. 

"If it wasn't for my uncle, all the stuff would have fallen on me," Bonilla said. "As soon as he heard, he pushed me off the bed."

"I just heard like a big noise, like a bomb, and I just wake up and I see just the car in my apartment," Victor Vargas said.

Victor said his 10-year-old daughter, Daisy, was in the bedroom.

Investigators said the driver did not stop at a red light and turn when the street ended, plowing through a metal fence at the complex, hitting one building and then bouncing into a second.

The driver and passenger, both men in their 20s, were trapped in the car.  Once they were freed, they were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"They're both conscious and alert -- pretty banged up. It's under investigation. We're not sure what was involved -- a high rate of speed or alcohol," said Roland Chavez with the Houston Fire Department.

No one living in the apartments was hurt, according to police.

The apartment manager was working to place the victims in new apartments so repairs can be made.

"It's just scary. It hits home because it's so close to you. You know the people -- the tenants. It's scary," said Erika Capristo, the apartment manager.

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