SUV crashes into apartment, narrowly misses occupant

Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 10:43 AM MDT
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A woman living in a northwest Springs apartment came just feet from being hit by a SUV.

"Literally seconds away [from being hit] because I went to my front door and I immediately turned around because I remembered I'd forgotten my cell phone. It's only 5 feet away, from my bathroom to my door, and the second I picked it up is when I heard the big boom," said Nikki Landry, who lives at The Ridge apartments off Rockrimmon Boulevard and Fence Post Drive.

Had Landry not moved from the front door to her bathroom to get the phone, she would have been right in the path of the Hyundai that smashed through her front door.

The driver suffered a medical episode while trying to navigate a bend on Rockrimmon just before 9 a.m. Friday. He missed the curve, ran up off the road, smashed a light pole, hit a electric box, and crashed through Landry's apartment.

"It was the most bizarre thing...I was in my apartment getting ready for soon as I got to the door, I realized I'd forgotten my cell phone. ... There was debris everywhere. Of course I was panicking, and my dog, who's a 2-and-a-half years old, immediately went to the porch. For whatever reason, I guess it was adrenaline, I was about to pick up a 50-pound dog and get her to safety."

Landry has narrowly avoid disaster before.

"God's watching; I must have angels because during 9/11, I was stationed [at the Pentagon] in the Air Force. My general had asked me to go to Rosslyn to get something, to do something. And unbeknownst to us, 9/11 was going to happen. I got on the DoD bus, and as soon as I got to Rosslyn, which is probably three miles away, the plane had hit right where I'd loaded onto the bus. I missed that by probably six minutes.

"I'm probably going to buy a lottery ticket [chuckles]."

Landry said she was grateful to the firefighters for their quick response and "for taking care of my dog!" Her next step is finding a place to live. The crash knocked out the support beam holding up porch above Landry's unit, and rendered her own home unlivable until it can be fixed.

The driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Police say he didn't appear to get hurt in the crash.