Man crashes SUV into Griffith home

2013-07-19T13:45:00Z 2013-07-20T23:41:04Z Man crashes SUV into Griffith homeLauri Harvey Keagle, (219) 852-4311

GRIFFITH | A driver crashed a sports utility vehicle into the front of a home Friday in an incident that began as a hit-and-run, according to a witness.

Tom Hall, of Griffith, parked his truck in front of his home at Pine and Earnest streets just after 10:30 a.m. Friday and was taking his 19-month-old daughter out of her car seat when, he said, a black SUV sideswiped a side mirror.

"He was only going about 25 (mph) then," Hall said.

Hall said he got into his truck and followed the SUV to Wiggs Street.

"I pulled up next to him and said, 'Hey, you hit my truck,' and he floored it and took off," Hall said.

Hall said he followed the SUV eastbound on Lake Street.

"When he hit the bike trail, I saw him start to fishtail," he said. "It looked like he was trying to turn here on Cline and maybe he hit the curb before he hit the house."

John Garmon, of the 200 block of Cline Avenue, was sleeping on the couch in his living room when he heard the SUV crash into the front of his home just a few feet away.

"I heard a big bang. I came out around the back and saw the car in the house," Garmon said.

No one else was in the home at the time. Garmon said he and his wife have homeowners insurance.

Griffith Fire Chief Roy Schoon said the driver was transported to The Community Hospital in Munster via Prompt Ambulance Service. He was the only person in the vehicle, which had Illinois license plates.

Elise Sims, spokeswoman for The Community Hospital, said the driver was in stable condition Friday afternoon.

Lt. Matthew Argadine, of the Griffith Police Department, said the Lake County Sheriff's Department's accident reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation. 

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