Colorado

Aug 27, 2014 11:11 AM by Joanna Wise and Bethany Rhodes

Update: Alcohol, speed suspected factors in truck that crashed into home

PUEBLO WEST, Colo.- A blue tarp drapes across the left side of the home. Next to it, a part of the tan brick facade is ripped off; the remnants now lay on the ground, mixed in with scattered debris and chunks of wood. What used to be the front wall of the spare bedroom, is no longer there.

Around 10:15 p.m., Tuesday, a blue, Ford F150 pickup crashed into the home in the 300 block of E. Hahns Peak Ave. in Pueblo West. When Pueblo West Fire and deputies arrived on scene, the pick up was laying on its side, inside the northwest side of the home.

The fire chief told News 5 the driver, 28-year-old Donald Darrah, died on scene. The passenger, 27-year-old Tana Romine, was ejected from the truck. She was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the crash.

Early Wednesday morning, Bonnie VanderVliet and her husband, Howard, stood in front of the garage to get a better look at the aftermath.

She pointed to a thick tree stump that was wrenched from the ground. VanderVliet then pointed to the scrape right below her knee. She got it from walking through the debris in the spare bedroom.

That is the extent of their injuries. Howard VanderVliet said they were asleep in their bedroom at the time of the crash. Then, came the large boom. One neighbor told the couple the impact of the crash was so big, they could feel their home shake.

This isn't the first time a vehicle has plowed into a home in their neighborhood. In fact, another incident happened over the Fourth of July weekend, right up the street.

The VanderVliets home sits adjacent to an intersection, and right before it, there's a portion of the street that curves. Bonnie VanderVliet pointed to it and said you can see where the tire marks meet the grass, stretch through their lawn and barely miss the gas meter.

They both say a lot of people come around the bend too fast; it's a problem they want fixed, and hope a sign could be put up in the future. 

As for the damage, the VanderVliets said that can be repaired. The bigger picture is that a life was lost.

The accident is still under investigation.

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