Tragic moment woman dies after her car goes airborne and she crashes into home at 100mph: Family and children inside narrowly escape injury
The accident happened in St. Louis on Tuesday and left a hole in the home of Kingston Dr. The tenant, Veronica Schwetl, said her three-year-old nephew was almost killed.
A doorbell camera has captured the moment a motorist’s car literally flew into an occupied house as it sped down a residential street – killing the driver instantly and narrowly missing a three-year-old child.
The fatal crash happened Tuesday in St. Louis and left a literal hole in the occupied home on Kingston Drive.
One tenant, Veronica Schwettl, said her three-year-old nephew was in a bed near that wall when the car slammed into the house at breakneck speed, knocking the bed with the child several feet away, NBC 4 reported.
Schwettl, who rents the home, said three other people were inside at the time and her nephew was unharmed.
The driver, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said a preliminary investigation showed the car was being driven at a high speed – exceeding the 40mph speed limit on the road.
A Kurbel camera captured the moment a motorist’s car flew into an occupied home – killing the driver instantly and missing a three-year-old child.
Terrifying footage from the scene suggests the car was going at least 100mph – before plowing into an SUV parked in front of the house and the residence.
Those who were inside the home are now speaking out about the shocking ordeal, including Derek Wentzel, 37, who rented the home with Schwettle.
Speaking to KSDK, he said the vehicle – which can be seen airborne for a few seconds in the footage – missed the child by inches.
‘Yeah, he totally could have been hurt,’ Wentzel said, adding that the child’s parents also visited the home. ‘Missed him by inches.’
He added that officers who visited the house told him it was likely a ‘total loss’ and beyond repair.
‘They said we might not be able to get into our house at all. It could be a total loss,’ he said.
His mother, Diane Wentzel, described how she drove the five miles to her son’s home after hearing about the crash and quickly realized what had happened after seeing the damage.
He also suggested that the now-deceased driver, who was a woman, was suspected by the police to be suffering from a medical condition.
‘It only happens in movies,’ he said, explaining how he was saddened to hear of the driver’s death.
‘I just hope she didn’t know what was going on either.’
The crash happened just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said, as the car was traveling north of Kingston toward Telegraph, when it veered off the road.
The footage shows how the car – a maroon sedan – hit an embankment and then became airborne, dangling several feet in mid-air before the moment of impact.
Newstimesuk.com has reached out to St. Louis County Police for an update on their investigation. As of Tuesday evening, they said the house was boarded up, and the investigation is still ongoing.
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