NBC10 - Katy Zachry
A 12-year-old girl is hospitalized after a joyride ends with the car smashing into her home. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports.
A car smashed into a family's home Tuesday night, pinning a girl and sending her to the hospital.
Police say a 24-year-old man stole the car in the Kensington section of Philadelphia and sped off. The man lost control of the car and struck a street sign before crashing through the wall of a house on the 2000 block of E Somerset Street.
A family of five was inside the home. A 12-year-old girl sitting at her computer became trapped when the Ford Taurus slammed into the home
"When the car impacted the wall, a piece of the wall... fell on top of her, on top of the chair and had her pinned between the chair, and the table, and the car," said Pedro Nunez, who lives next door and is a cousin of the young victim.
The family rushed to free the girl. She was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital where she remained Wednesday morning. Family members said they believed the girl should make a full recovery.
Police say the suspect’s 17-year-old passenger was also injured in the crash. He was also taken to St. Christopher’s and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody.
"The 24-year-old driver of that Ford Taurus is under arrest, not only for stolen vehicle but for aggravated assault."
The family was displaced due to the crash. They spent the night in American Red Cross housing.