NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk woman whose SUV smashed into a house Thursday morning said she did not remember the accident, according to Norwalk Police. She said she thought she had blacked out.
Her Pontiac Aztec was going northbound on Van Buren Avenue at about 10:37 a.m. when it barreled through a light pole and a street sign at the corner of Maple Street and Van Buren, hit the porch of one home and smashed into the side of the home at 15 Van Buren. The impact smashed 10-feet of foundation and broke the natural gas meter pipes in the basement, sending what Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Edward Prescott called "explosive levels of gas" into the home. Three people were evacuated and six people were displaced when the two-family home was declared unfit for occupancy by building officials.
The 52-year-old woman and her toddler daughter suffered scrapes and lacerations, Officer Carleton Giles said. They were treated at Norwalk Hospital and released. The woman was given two citations, one for failure to drive in the proper lane and one for traveling too fast for conditions. The fine was $264.