By Carol Heyen
EASTVALE– The Espinoza family of Eastvale has been forced out of their home after a car crashed through a cement wall, into the back yard of their house and into their living room.
Just after 2 a.m. on Monday, February 23, the fire department was advised of a car that had crashed into the first floor of a home in the 13800 block of Dellbrook Street, in the Brookdale Place housing development. A fire official at the scene said that the crash caused the car to burst into flames, which set the house on fire. Firefighters were able to put the fire out within 20 minutes.
A resident of the home, Hunter Espinoza, said it sounded “like a bomb.”
“I was in shock for a little bit,” said Freddy Espinoza, Hunter’s father, who alerted the rest of his family members. “I went ‘there’s a car here and I think it’s going to catch fire.’ I told the people ‘get up, get out of the house.’ ”
One occupant of the home had minor injuries, and all five residents have been displaced so that repairs can be done. The American Red Cross was called to help the family find shelter.
The two occupants of the Saturn sedan fled the scene, and the cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident was encouraged to call the Eastvale Police Department, which is serviced by the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, at 951-955-2600.