A motorist whose vehicle veered out of control on a downtown Riverside street Thursday struck an iron fence, parked cars and an apartment building before landing atop a pickup truck, injuring only himself, authorities said.
The crash happened about 12:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Mission Inn Avenue, near Comer Avenue, according to the Riverside Fire Department.
Battalion Chief Tony Perna said the driver, whose identity was not released, was “traveling at high speed (when he) neglected to navigate the turn at Comer,” jumping the curb.
“The vehicle traveled through a front yard, hitting a wrought iron fence, trees, and the apartment at 2418 Mission Inn,” Perna said. “The vehicle continued to hit two parked cars … and ultimately landed on the roof of a pickup truck parked in a driveway. No one was injured in the home or parked vehicles.”
The driver was trapped inside the sedan, requiring firefighters to extricate him with industrial saws.
He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
City Building & Safety inspectors were summoned to analyze damage to the apartment building to ensure it was not structurally compromised. There was no word on whether it had been red-tagged.
The monetary losses stemming from the crash were not immediately known.
Police were investigating the circumstances and were expected to question the motorist Thursday afternoon.
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