Neighbor: "Not again." on SUV crashing into driveway

CREATED Feb 2, 2013

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  • A woman suffered no injuries after the SUV she was driving crashed into a telephone pole.


Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - At around four this afternoon, Bob Fund, heard something unusual outside his home.

He immediately called 9-1-1 and went to check it out.   

"Walked out to driveway say vehicle behind us, sitting almost in my driveway," he said.

He found a woman in her car -- so he told her to stay inside because of the active power lines. 

"I don't like to see anybody get hurt, even if it cost a lot of damage to my place," he continued.

But this damage, is a familiar story. Fund witnessed a crash two years ago when a boat somehow got unhitched from a vehicle and took out his mail box.

This time, it was much worse. 

Pima County Deputy Ted Hartenstein says the elderly woman had been driving south on North Camino De Oeste when something went wrong.   

"Possibly some kind of medical problem, she lost control of the vehicle, left the center roadway," he told 9OYS.

He says her vehicle veered off the road, traveled nearly 100 feet and plowed through Palo Verde trees before crashing into a pole. 

The pole broke in half, and the tension cracked a second pole. 

"If she had tried to get out of the car and come in contact with a power line in the process of doing that while it was still energized she may have been injured by that," he said.

And says the outcome could have been much different. 

"Could have been a lot worse. Could have been a lot worse, these power lines are energized with many thousands of volts of electricity," he said.