Medical problem blamed for 'driver into a house'
Homeowner Tina Ankrom has taken pride in her house along S.E. 136th Avenue, just south of Division Street. The home was for years a neighborhood nuisance, before she took it over and moved in three months ago.
"It's pretty quiet on this residential side street," Ankrom remarked – that is, until April 29, when a late-model white Dodge Dart sedan mowed down a bush, sped across her driveway, and slammed into her house at 3:46 p.m.
"We were starting to clean out the garage and going into the back yard, when I saw a 'flash of white' zip past the window, and heard a loud noise," Ankrom told THE BEE.
After struggling to open the back door next to the garage, Tina Ankrom saw the Dodge, wedged into the corner of her home, right in front of her.
"I could hear the car motor still running, and we told him to turn it off," Ankrom recalled, "but he kept struggling to get out the wrecked car."
She told the driver to wait for medical first-responders, who had been summoned, but the driver would near none of it, and got out of the car.
"I didn't smell alcohol on him; and, because I work in the medical profession, I got my blood sugar testing kit," said Ankrom. "His blood sugar was really high, higher than my meter would read."
Shortly thereafter an ambulance arrived, checked the man over, and transported him to a hospital for medical evaluation and treatment.
Meantime, Portland Fire & Rescue Mill Park Station 7's Engine and Ladder Truck companies were checking the structural stability of the house -- but then cleared the home for occupancy.
As she watched a wrecker extract the smashed Dodge, Ankrom admitted, "This was nerve-wracking, and I still don't want to go inside – but fortunately, it didn't hit the house; the kitchen is just inside that wall, and my brother just finished remodeling it for me."
A Portland General Electric Eagle Crew member checked over the weather head, breaker box, and electrical wiring on the garage wall – which was now canting inward about 20? at the bottom, having stopped the out-of-control car.
"We were just starting to work on the garage," Ms. Ankrom said, "and it looks like it's going to need a bit more work now! I'm just glad everyone is okay."