Teen driver injured after driving SUV into Central Lubbock home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/10

Teen driver injured after driving SUV into Central Lubbock home

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Monterey High School officials are investigating an accident after a high school student ran her SUV into the side of a central Lubbock home Thursday morning.

Police said just after nine o'clock the teen was driving westbound on 46th Street toward University. She told police her breaks quit working and that's when she crossed University and crashed into the home going about 30mph.

"It was very scary. We were watching TV and we heard a loud noise and thought it was an explosion," said home owner Cruz Lopez. "It scared us and we just ran outside."

Cruz found the teen's Chevy Blazer lodged in the side of her home while many other high school students were getting out of the SUV and running from the scene.  "I didn't know what was going on until I came around the house and noticed there was still a couple coming out of the car," said Lopez.

Witnesses then began chasing the teenagers they say had on Monterey High School backpacks. "About 3 or 4 high school kids jumped out and started running.  I put my phone down and they ran down that block and I started running after them," said Rick Flippin who saw the accident from his office across the street.

The driver was taken to UMC with non-life threatening injuries, but the other teens were gone by the time police showed up.

LISD officials said the driver had been released by the school nurse because she had been sick, but they are investigating why the others were not at school.

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