SUV crashes into home; no injuries

SUV crashes into home; no injuries

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was reported hurt when an SUV crashed into a home at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Maynard Lake in Champaign.

"I was sitting in my living room working on my computer when an SUV just crashed into my living room," said Philip Mayes of 1604 Maynard Drive, on Champaign's west side.

"There was no warning. I heard an extremely loud noise and turned around to find the entire car inside my house," he said.

Mayes said he was the only person at home at the time of the crash.

"I helped the woman who was driving the SUV out of her car and out of house," he said.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Coffey said the driver was Kazuko Goodman, 74, who lives in the 1800 block of Moraine Drive, Champaign. 

The report said she had been westbound on Kirby Avenue before turning south on to Maynard Drive. She apparently hit the curb on west side of the street, then overcorrected and went across both lanes, drove over the curb, hit a bush, then barreled into Mayes' house.

Coffey said Goodman was not injured. There was nothing in the deputy's report to suggest why she lost control. She was issued a ticket for improper lane usage.

Mayes said he would find somewhere else to stay for the night.

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Joe American wrote on April 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

"There was nothing in the deputy's report to suggest why she lost control".

How about the fact that she's 74 years old? This is YET ANOTHER reason that we need to implement annual driving tests for those over 70 who wish to maintain their drivers licenses - the same reason we don't allow 8 year olds to drive.  Diminished reaction times and impaired decision making poses a threat to anyone who happens to be in their path of travel.