Glendale family displaced after truck slams into home

Posted at 8:19 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 13:44:59-05

It’s been a traumatic week for a Glendale family who’s been left homeless after a truck slammed into their home, narrowly missing them inside.

There’s a mangled mess of debris and glass in the backyard of the home Veronica Davis rents near 67th Avenue and Glendale.

“Like a thunderbolt—boom!” Davis said, describing what the crash sounded like.

Glendale police say the driver, 47-year-old Richard Symmonds, first got into a crash with another car then took off before plowing through a block wall and into the victims' home.

But for Davis, that was not the main concern. Her two young girls were trapped in the room next to the truck.

“My kids were on this side of the wall with this truck. I thought my kids had got hit by the debris. Some strangers busted out this window to get my children out,” Davis said.

While they got out unhurt, the home is so damaged that it’s unlivable.

“The whole thing just came down — the attic part of it. And everything was pushed back into the main master bedroom closet,” Davis said.

For now, she and her three kids are staying with friends. But not having renter's insurance and not knowing how long she’ll be out of the home she needs help.

“Me and my kids are displaced, and I don’t know what to do. I want to stay in my home because of the things that I worked hard for,” Davis said.

Glendale police said the driver was arrested for DUI, endangerment, possession of narcotic drugs and dangerous drugs.  

Davis’ family has set up a donation page to help pay for living expenses.