Car hits two Cornwall houses; driver arrested

CORNWALL – A driver has been arrested after a car jumped the sidewalk on Eleventh Street West Friday night, striking the front of two houses.

The Honda Accord was the only vehicle involved in the crash on the north side of the street at the intersection of Abbot Street around 7:45 p.m.

Tire marks on the pavement indicate where the car drove over the sidewalk, smashed into a wood front porch of one home, before spinning around and landing with the trunk on the neighbouring cement porch.

Cornwall police, firefighters and the Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services were on scene.

“At this point in our investigation we do have the female driver under arrest as the investigation continues. She was the lone occupant in the vehicle,” Cornwall police Sgt. Dave MacLean told Cornwall Newswatch.

After the young woman was put in the back of a cruiser, a man, identified by MacLean as the driver’s boyfriend, could be seen collecting a stroller, baby seat and other items from the damaged vehicle.

MacLean said there were no children in the vehicle.

“You need to call a lawyer,” the man said to the woman through the bars on the back window of the police SUV.

There are no injuries.

“No injuries sustained by anybody thankfully. Could have been a very nasty disaster,” MacLean said.

On a warm summer night, a large crowd gathered around the scene, many people out enjoying the night walking their dogs.

Charges are pending, MacLean said. It’s believed alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

A man looks from his porch at what’s left of his neighbours’ porches after a single vehicle crash Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. The Honda Accord had mounted the sidewalk and hit a porch before spinning around and landing on another porch. The driver wasn’t injured. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)