SLC woman recounts crash that destroyed her porch, could’ve injured her

Posted at 9:28 PM, Feb 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 10:19:43-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City woman awoke to quite a startling sight late Saturday night, after a car engine launched into her home.

She said if the engine had hit her home just a few feet over, she could have been in its way.

The man in that car, police said, is still in the hospital in critical condition. They responded to the crash on 700 East, south of I-80.

A day later, Linda Wiggs and her husband were still reliving what happened just outside their home.

"I heard a big bang, and woke me out of a deep sleep," Wiggs said.

When she went outside to investigate, she said what she saw was, "just a big shock."

There sat the aftermath of the car crash, with parts and pieces strewn about-- including right near her front door.

"I looked out and there was the engine on the side of the porch," she said. "I could kind of smell the smoke coming up."

The engine had barreled right into the cement porch, leaving a gaping hole.

The car, she said, sat crumpled two houses down.

Salt Lake City Police said the driver had been speeding upwards of 100 miles per hour down 700 east when he lost control.

An SLC Police sergeant happened to witness the crash.

"[It] drifted across the median, hit a street sign... and began to just lose control and hit several things on that side of the road," said Lt. Craig Gleason.

Gleason said the evidence sat scattered 200 yards down the street.

While the driver, police said, is now stabilized, he is still in the hospital.

While speed seems an obvious factor in the crash to police, Lt. Gleason said they are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs also played a role.

For the home Linda and her husband live in, she said, "The landlord's going to have to replace the front porch."

But she was grateful for one thing.

"I was downstairs and there's a bedroom window right down there and I'm lucky it didn't go through the bedroom window and me get hurt," she said.