A driver crashed into a fire hydrant and multiple cars in Otay Ranch Saturday, missing a nearby home by just inches, according to residents in the area.
A loud boom went off at around 2 a.m., followed by water shooting into the air just off Santa Caralina Road.
The crash was loud enough to wake up nearby resident Antonio Ciranda.
“[I awoke] to a Mercedes hitting three cars and hitting the water hydrant. It’s crazy,” Ciranda told NBC 7. “Bang, you know. I got up, ran down, I tried to help the girl who came out and she was bleeding too from the mouth.”
Ciranda said he tapped on the driver’s window but said the woman behind the wheel wasn’t moving. “I thought she was dead. She wasn’t moving. Then she kind of twitched a little bit.”
Firefighters responded and turned the water off in about 20 minutes.
Afterwards, Ciranda noticed that his car was among those the driver slammed into. “Yeah, they told me it's totaled. So, I have to clean the car up, take everything out,” he said.
A lamp post, a tree, and a portion of fencing were also damaged in the collision on Santa Caralina Road.
Skid marks on the sidewalk and deep tire tracks in the dirt were just inches away from one of the homes.
“I mean, you look at the car. You look at her yard,” said Aaron, a resident who lives next to the crash site. “Luckily nobody was hurt. I mean, it’s so close to her house. I mean, it would've been catastrophic.”
Ciranda and Aaron both said this was the first time they had seen something like this their neighborhood.
Crews completely removed the damaged fire hydrant.
The driver was taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries, according to authorities.
No other information was available.
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