Runaway SUV decks couple’s deck
by Lynn Burton
Post Independent Staff
An unattended vehicle rolled down a hill and crashed into a house at 1623 Bennett Ave. near Sayre Park Tuesday morning, collapsing part of the home’s second-floor deck.
“Sometimes, the deck was the best spot in the house for Strawberry Days music,” said homeowner Dave Alcott, as he and his wife, Suzy, watched a tow truck remove the sport utility vehicle that rammed their house.
No one was injured in the mishap.
The 1999 Dodge Durango that hit the house was on loan from a windshield repair company to Lincolnwood Drive resident Janet Goldberg when the accident occurred.
Goldberg said she had just left her house when she heard a noise in the rear part of the vehicle.
Goldberg said she parked the vehicle at the top of Hyland Park Drive, put it in park and set the emergency brake, then got out to locate the noise. When she tried to open the driver’s side door to get back in, the SUV took off down the hill.
“I tried to jump in, but fell,” Goldberg said as she watched the vehicle extrication operation from under a shade tree on Hyland. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve parked at the top of that hill.”
The Durango rolled about 100 yards down Hyland, jumped the curb on Bennett, slipped between the Alcott’s 20-foot pine tree and a vehicle parked in the street and vaulted over a retaining wall on the north side of the Alcotts’ driveway. It wiped out the deck and put a pretty good dent between the garage doors. The vehicle came to rest on its side in the driveway.
Suzy Alcott was pulling weeds near where the vehicle entered the yard when the crash occurred. Her dog, a Lhasa apso named Blitz, had been resting under the deck steps moments before the crash.
“I saw her tear out, then found her shaking in the backyard,” Suzy said.
Goldberg’s golden chow was inside the vehicle, and was not injured.
Alcott said she rushed into the house to call 911 after the wreck. When she returned outside, she found Goldberg standing in her bare feet, in the glass, next to the vehicle.
“So I went inside and brought her some shoes,” Alcott said. Alcott speculated that Goldberg lost her shoes while chasing her vehicle.
Alcott said the only apparent damage inside her house was to a piece of cobalt glassware that fell off a shelf and smashed on the floor.
Dave Alcott said he is waiting for a damage estimate from his insurance company. He said the damage would have been worse had the retaining wall not slowed the vehicle.
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said the vehicle was in reverse when officers investigated the scene. Goldberg received a citation for operating an unattended vehicle, Wilson said.
Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534
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