Stolen SUV isn’t the first vehicle to crash into this home

Posted at 10:14 PM, Jul 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-17 23:56:51-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Nancy Walton wasn't expecting to come home to a car into her home Wednesday afternoon.

Richmond Police said they received a call shortly after 2 p.m. regarding a stolen SUV. They attempted to stop the car, but say it fled, colliding into a GRTC van at the intersection of Belt Bvd and Stockton St. The SUV crashed into Walton's home and the van was turned on its side in her front yard.

"I was really freaking out," said Walton.

Walton said this isn't the first time she's had a car in her home or a vehicle in her lawn.

"I would say over the last 20 years at least 15 cars have come into my yard," Walton told CBS 6 News' Chelsea Rarrick.

The crashes have worried Walton about the safety of the intersection at Belt Blvd. and Stockton Street, which was closed for two and a half hours to accommodate the investigation.

She told CBS 6 that she has asked the city to put in a stop light for safety precautions.

"People just race across the intersection in front of cars coming. They don't even stop," she said.

CBS 6 reached out to Richmond's Department of Public Works regarding Walton's concern. Spokeswoman Sharon North said she had to speak with transportation and engineering about specific details regarding the intersection.

But she added the department does look at traffic volume and the number of accidents when it comes to putting in a traffic device. North said DPW also uses the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices when making that decision.

Both occupants of the van were transported to CJW Chippenham Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening, police said.

The three people of the Acura, all juvenile males, were transported to CJW Chippenham Medical Center with injuries that are not considered life threatening. Police arrested the driver of the SUV. The investigation is ongoing.