An alleged drunken driver in a residential neighborhood Sunday smashed his sport utility vehicle into a truck, pushing both vehicles into a man’s house in unincorporated San Mateo County before fleeing the scene, police said.
Police originally thought two or three cars simultaneously smashed into the man’s home at 1:40 a.m. in North Fair Oaks, a neighborhood between Redwood City and Menlo Park, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher said.
When CHP and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office officers arrived, however, they realized the driver of an Isuzu SUV had crashed into the man’s 1993 GMC Sonoma pickup truck parked in his driveway and pushed it into his front porch along with his own vehicle, the homeowner said.
“[My truck] looks like a pretzel now,” said 69-year-old Norman Nurisso, the owner of the house. “You can’t even get into it; it’s a mess. They took out part of my front porch and a whole bunch of other stuff — they just played havoc.”
The driver and passenger fled by foot after abandoning the vehicle, witnesses said. They were gone by the time police arrived, and no arrests were made as of Sunday.
The driver also allegedly clipped the back end of a neighbor’s car parked on the street and took out four mailboxes on the same road on the way to Nurisso’s house on Eighth Avenue by Middlefield Road, he said.
“They completely obliterated my pickup and shoved it 10 to 12 feet up onto the front porch, took out my front porch and a bunch of other stuff,” said Nurisso, who added that his truck ended up about 4 feet from his front door. “They had to be going at least about 60 mph.”
Nurisso and his dog were the only occupants and suffered no injuries.
The owner of the Isuzu told police his son had been driving. A tow truck was called to remove the suspect’s vehicle. Witnesses’ only description of the driver and passenger was that they were Hispanic men.
Nurisso did not have homeowner’s insurance but did have insurance for his truck, his only vehicle, which he says is damaged beyond repair. He’s still waiting for estimates for his home but said there was “a lot of damage.”