Elderly woman injured after slamming into northeast Austin apartment

Truck into NE Austin apartment building (KXAN photo)
Truck into NE Austin apartment building (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An elderly woman is in the hospital after, police said, she ran into an apartment building with her Chevy Colorado Monday morning.

Police responded to the Park Plaza Apartments at 829 Park Plaza around 7:20 a.m. after getting called about the crash. Police found about half the vehicle stuck inside the building.

Austin-Travis County EMS transported the woman to St. David’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Austin police say the woman had dropped off her personal vehicle at a nearby dealership for repairs and was given a loaner vehicle. It’s believed she may have had some difficulty with the new vehicle when she stepped on the gas pedal and rammed through a small gate on the south side of the car lot. The vehicle continued across Park Plaza and hit the apartment complex.

No one in the apartment was injured but four families were displaced. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the 19 individuals.

Abril Mendoza, 15, told KXAN she first thought the crash was a storm. “I opened the door, I saw a big truck like next to the restroom,” Mendoza said, saying she was just about to go to the restroom to get her medicine. Instead, she was in the back bedroom, safe, with her 6-year-old brother. “The door of the restroom was all crushed up and my aunt and my uncle were running around because they were scared.”

Mendoza said everyone is incredibly lucky they weren’t hurt. The driver is expected to be okay.

“We’re not letting anyone in,” Austin Code’s Matthew Noriega told KXAN. “We need to get a structural engineer to be able to assess the damage and to ensure that it’s braced shored and braced correctly.”

That’s expected to happen Tuesday morning.

Authorities said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. No charges have been filed at this time.

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