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Pickup Crashes Into Rancho Penasquitos Home

The black Toyota Tacoma was sticking out of the home's front door

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    A pickup driver lost control of his truck and crashed into the front door of a Rancho Penasquitos home. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports on Nov. 14, 2014. (Published Friday, Nov. 14, 2014)

    A pickup truck crossed several lanes of traffic, jumped a curb and crashed into the front door of a home in Rancho Penasquitos Friday morning, police said.

    The rear of a 2000 black Toyota Tacoma was sticking out from the home's front door and foyer just before 9 a.m.

    Officials said a 32-year-old man drove the truck into some boulders and was catapulted over a 5-foot, concrete wall and into the two-story home on Ragweed Street at Park Village Road.

    Shattered glass was on the ground around the truck along with debris from the building, though the wall was untouched.

    Jwala Cheramanthurubhy said she just went upstairs to put her baby down for a nap — a decision she says may have saved their lives.

    Then, she thought an earthquake hit the house.

    "I just out from my house, I thought it would fall out and everything," she said.

    She saw the air bags deployed and thought the driver had died.

    Instead, the driver suffered back injuries and was transported to a hospital, officials said.

    Cheramanthurubhy's husband rushed home to find part of his roof gone, a front pillar missing and the front end of his house destroyed. 

    Truck Crashes into Rancho Penasquitos Home

    [DGO] Truck Crashes into Rancho Penasquitos Home
    Video from NBC 7's Newschopper showing the back of the pickup truck sticking out of the front of the home.
    (Published Friday, Nov. 14, 2014)

    San Diego police officers say the driver was traveling westbound on Park Village Road when lost control, crossed the median and landed in the home.

    Officers said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

    Traffic was diverted around the intersection.

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