One man died and another was seriously injured after a car ran a stop sign at Wharf Hill Road in the Whitman-Walker Clinic community, crashed into a house and stopped on the top floor.
The injuries to the driver and his passenger were considered “life-threatening” by the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, who responded to the scene in the 21000 block of Wharf Hill Road. The home sustained “significant” damage to the side of the structure as a result of the crash.
Witnesses told authorities that a black car with extended windows had come from the opposite direction at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, crossed the road on a red light, hit the vehicle ahead of it and then slid into the house, Washington Post community reporter Joe Palazzolo reported. Authorities say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.
The home’s owner told Palazzolo that he had been asleep at the time of the crash and thought his wife was talking to his child. When he heard the crash, he says, he ran outside but saw a woman and her 1-year-old in the car, dazed and in tears.