Car slams into Costa Mesa house; sleeping mother of 2 injured

A family of four in Costa Mesa awoke to a dramatic scene shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when a car slammed into a bedroom, causing minor injuries to a woman.

"The only thing I remember was this loud noise and waking up, there was debris everywhere," Don Vander Wal told KTLA. "I thought it was a just a massive earthquake that had hit and the house was falling apart."


He said he rushed to check on his two young boys when neighbors starting knocking on the front door. It wasn't until he went outside, he said, that he discovered the Volkswagen Golf lodged into the main bedroom of his home in the 2900 block of Jacaranda Avenue.

Vander Wal's wife was taken to the hospital with minor cuts and scratches. Their two boys were unharmed.

The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, KTLA reported. It was unclear if he was injured in the crash.

After the car was removed, a gaping hole in the house remained, with the interior of the bedroom clearly visible from the street.

Despite the damage, Vander Wal told KTLA that the situation could have been much worse had the car hit just a few feet over, where one of his sons was sleeping in a spare room.

"It's amazing," he said. "A few feet the other way and he probably wouldn't be here."

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