Louisville homeowners lucky to be alive after car crash in their home

The car hit the front porch of the house and knocked down an overhang.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was a tight call for a Louisville homeowner couple when a driver crashed into his car at a house in the Parkland neighborhood on Friday afternoon.

It happened just after noon in the 3200 block of Virginia Ave, near S 32nd Street. The car struck the front of the house and knocked down an overhang.

LMPD says no one was seriously injured. The police did not provide the cause of the accident.

Alfred Smith and Wina Smiley-Smith, owners of the house for 16 years, say they are just grateful to be alive. They say the car ended up a few feet from their living room.

“If it hadn’t been for this railing right here, she probably would have walked through the living room before and probably killed her,” Smith said.

Neighbors helped move the debris, and ultimately the overhang itself on Friday night – feared it might break and injure someone. WHAS11 heard him squeal several times, even hours after the incident.

“Once or twice a month there are crashes,” Smith said.

Residents in the area said speed was an issue. They said wrecks often occur on the block – citing several accidents this year alone – calling it a safety hazard.

“They’re speeding around the block as the kids get off the school buses,” neighbor George Fields said.

They are calling for help.

“I wish they would put on speed bumps because it’s like a drag track Friday and Saturday night,” Smith said.

WHAS11 contacted District 1 Councilor Jessica Green, who oversees, among other things, the Parkland neighborhood.

She tells us that there has only been one request made – last month – to make the road safer. Councilor Green says this request will be reviewed, to see if road operations experts consider the retarders to be applicable in this area or if they would help.

For now, the Smiths are grateful it was no worse.

“I walked and cried and praised the Lord, that’s all I did,” Smiley-Smith said.

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