Car lands on top of house in deadly crash

Published: Dec. 4, 2016 at 2:28 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2016 at 11:56 AM MST
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(Source: KOLD News 13)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Fire crews responding to reports of an explosion discovered instead that a car had crashed and ended up on the roof of a home on Tucson's east side Saturday night, Dec. 3.

Tucson Fire arrived at the home, located in the 1700 block of N. Wrightstown Place, just after 7 p.m.

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Tucson News Now spoke to the woman who was the first to rush out and help the homeowner.

The homeowner had initially thought her house exploded from a gas leak.

"Trying to calm her and her dog down. I'm looking seeing if I can see sparks or smoke or something and I look and go, 'Peggy, there's a car on the top of your roof.' She's like 'oh my God' and I'm looking and here's this car upside-down with the wheels up," Dee Planck said.

Tucson Police said the driver was headed east on Wrightstown at a high rate of speed when he lost control.

The car slammed into a light pole, hit part of a cement wash and flipped onto the roof of a nearby home.

When police got the scene they found the driver dead inside the car.

Officers shut down Wrightstown Road for several hours. Emergency crews brought in a crane to get the car down from the roof.

"It's unnerving, but just my heart goes out to the family who lost that individual last night. I'm very sorry that's happened," Planck said.

Police have not yet released the victim's name.

As far as the homeowner, Tucson's Code Enforcement deemed the home "unsafe", because of the extent of the structural damage.

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